Egyptian police officers will receive 100,000 pistols due to numerous complaints of the absence of sufficient firepower to deal with the rising crime rate in the country. On Feb. 15., Washington Post reported that the decision to supply the 100,000 new 9mm pistols to the policemen has been confirmed by an Egyptian security official.
The Egyptian security official says the interior ministry will supply the policemen with 100,000 new 9mm pistols, after many complained about a lack of sufficient firepower to deal with thugs.
Based on reports, the decision came after superiors received many complaints from policemen about their inability to defend themselves against the increasing disregard for rules and authority from criminals. After longtime ruler of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was removed from office crime rate went on the rise.
Recently, policemen went on strike as an act of protest against poor working conditions and the constant attacks that they have received on them by gunmen. The move to supply 100,000 pistols to the officers will likely be met with stiff criticism from activists.