Crime Rate Explodes in Post-Revolutionary Egypt

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Homicide, armed robberies and other violent crimes have soared in post-revolutionary Egypt, al Arabiya reported over the weekend.

Egyptian interior ministry officials say homicides have tripled since former President Hosni Mubarak's ouster in January 2011, which it blames in part on high unemployment, saying it's adding pressure to the country's severe economic situation.

"Since the revolution, state institutions have fallen and aren't stable anymore and even the judiciary has taken a step back, Egyptian Interior Ministry Abdel Fattah Osman told the Financial Times, saying the police inherited "this mess."

According to the report, armed robberies rose from 233 in 2010 to 2,807 in 2012. Break-ins in private homes went from 7,368 in 2010 to 11,699 in 2012.

There have also been increasing numbers of firearms coming into the country, Osman said.

Human rights activists in Egypt said the thousands of criminals released during the revolution factored in heavily to the growing crime rates.

Meanwhile on Sunday, bodyguards protecting Egyptian Foreign Minister Hisham Qandil opened fire on a car that cut into the convoy, AFP reported.

The five passengers returned fire, injuring one person. Egyptian security forces arrested the driver and the passengers and said there were no political undertones and Qandil was unharmed.

Last February, anti-government protesters pelted Qandil's motorcade with stones and bottles as it tried to enter Cairo's Tahrir Square following riots overnight near the president's palace.

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