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Security concern mounts amid prison-breaking, looting in Egypt

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CAIRO, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The concern for social security and people's safety increased in Egypt Sunday, as thousands of prisoners escaped, after a night of worries for looting, ransacking and steeling.

Thousands of prisoners broke out of a prison in Wadi Natrun, north of Cairo overnight, after overpowering the guards. Eight inmates died in the breakout, security sources said.

About 1,000 prisoners escaped from a prison in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo on Sunday, the sources said.

Egypt's arm forces said on Sunday they have arrested hundreds of thugs and outlaws who have been looting and damaging public and private property across the country.

The army said they arrested 450 outlaws in Cairo and 63 in Suez, two governorates which have witnessed mass protests and prevailing looting in the past few days, official MENA news agency said.

Egyptian banks and the stock exchange are closed on Sunday. Most of supermarkets and stores kept shut for fear of looting, while some of them were already ransacked.

Gunshots were heard in upscale neighborhood of Maadi in south Cairo early Sunday morning.

Local residents have been organized in groups to protect their properties from being looted and destroyed while the army troops were deployed to key areas of the capital.

According to local media, house of Egyptian first lady Susan Mubarak's cousin was attacked on Saturday night.

Mass protests in Egypt entered the fifth day on Sunday. Many stores have been closed for fear of riots that accompanied the protests.

President Mubarak reshuffled the government and appointed Omar Suleiman as Egypt's Vice President and Ahmed Shafik as the new prime minister on Saturday.

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