36 Islamists killed in attempted Egypt jailbreak
CAIRO (AFP) - Thirty-six Islamist prisoners were killed Sunday during an attempted jailbreak, bringing to almost 800 the toll in five days of violence since Egypt moved to crush supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.
The violence comes amid a relentless security crackdown on Mr Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement that includes the arrest of top Islamist leaders.
It has drawn widespread international condemnation, with senior European Union diplomats set to hold emergency talks on Monday to discuss the situation and future EU action.
The Egyptian interior ministry said the prisoners had taken an officer hostage and died after suffocating on tear gas.