US denies involvement in Cairo hit-and-run

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 18:00 EDT
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CAIRO — The US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday denied its staff were behind the wheel of what appeared to be an official vehicle that mowed down dozens of protesters in a high-speed hit-and-run captured on video.

“We have seen a video that alleges a US diplomatic vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run incident that injured dozens in Cairo. We are certain that no embassy employees or diplomats were involved in this incident,” it said.

“On January 28, however, a number of our US embassy vehicles were stolen. Since these vehicles were stolen, we have heard reports of their use in violent and criminal acts. If true, we deplore these acts and the perpetrators.”

The video in question, widely circulated on the YouTube sharing site, shows what appears to be a white embassy van speeding down a street packed with protesters, knocking several of them over without slowing down.

It appears to have been filmed on January 28, when tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak rampaged through central Cairo, torching his ruling party’s headquarters.

The US embassy in Cairo is a few blocks from Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the youth-led protests demanding an end to Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

This video was published to YouTube on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Warning: Graphic violence.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    I had no idea this was being alleged: that members from the US Embassy may have perpetrated this. I saw the video. It is horrid. I was at work and couldn’t contain myself when I saw what I did on the video. Those poor people. I kept trying to imagine what kind of psychopath was behind the wheel. It’s hard to say who really did it.

    It would be easy to say that their vehicles were stolen to release themselves from any and all accusations. It is equally easy to steal the vehicle to make others think it was someone from the US Embassy. Either way, whomever did it is a monster!

  • Anonymous

    It means nothing at all really but under the current circumstances over there my gut tells me that the act of stealing an US embassy vehicle and attempting to murder people with it was probably some sort false flag attack to shift attention from Mubarak’s desperate gov to an easy target of hatred, like the US.