Egypt: Detained US citizen found dead in cell

CAIRO (AP) Egyptian security officials say a U.S. citizen detained in August for violating curfew in Sinai has been found dead in his jail cell.

Officials identified the man as 66-year-old James Henry, a retired U.S. Army officer who arrived in Cairo from the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on Aug. 25. They said Henry was detained in the turbulent region of northern Sinai three days later.

Officials say Henry was flown to the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and held in police custody pending charges. They say Henry was found dead Sunday after he used his belt and shoe laces to hang himself.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists. U.S. Embassy officials in Cairo did not respond to requests for comment.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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