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Egypt's feared secret police are back

world Updated: Jul 31, 2013 02:31 IST

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Egypt's interior ministry announced the resurrection of several controversial police units that were shut down following the country's 2011 uprising.

Following the restoration of the secret police units, the interim government has been accused of attempting to return Egypt to the Mubarak era.

According to the Guardian, Egypt's state security investigations service, Mabahith Amn ad-Dawla, a wing of the police force under President Hosni Mubarak, and a symbol of police oppression, was closed in March 2011 along with several units.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met Egypt's ousted Islamist president on Tuesday, saying he was "well," but the country's political crisis seemed no closer to resolution despite her efforts.