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Egypt Report Cites Mubarak Culpability, Excessive Force Against Protesters

Egyptians walk past a burned-out armed-forces bus on Tahrir Square in Cairo in early April, nearly two months after Hosni Mubarak was ousted.
A state-appointed committee in Egypt has concluded that police there used excessive force against pro-democracy protesters in the run-up to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

The report was commissioned by post-Mubarak leaders to probe authorities' conduct during the mass demonstrations that began on January 25 and eventually ended the 30-year rule of Mubarak on February 11.

The mission suggested Mubarak was ultimately responsible for the protester deaths since his interior minister, Habib el-Adly, was issuing the orders to security forces.

The report found that 846 protesters were killed and more than 6,000 wounded.

Authorities had initially put the death toll at almost 380.

Twenty-six policemen were also killed.

The report said police had used live ammunition, in addition to rubber bullets and water cannon against the protesters, and drove armored vehicles into the crowd, killing many.

The committee said it had evidence that buildings adjacent to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 18-day uprising, were used by snipers, adding that many of those killed were shot in the chest and the head.

The committee reportedly heard from more than 17,000 witnesses and officials and saw some 800 videos from eyewitnesses.

compiled from Reuters and other reports