Two men have died on Thursday after clashes broke out between central security forces and hundreds of angry residents in Beni Suef governorate, about 120 km south of Cairo.

Two other men were critically wounded, prompting protesters to storm the Beni Suef governorate building, smash its façade and set three police vehicles on fire.

The exact reason for the clashes remains vague. There were two accounts as to what really happened, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm Arabic newspaper

Central security forces said they had acted in self defence after being “attacked by thugs” while residents insisted the melee started when one of the soldiers tried to harass a girl that was passing in front of their camp.

The public prosecution in Beni Suef sad it was carrying out investigations to find out what happened. It is due to question the head of the central security camp and six other officers.

Amr Abu Zaeouzeou, head of the lawyers’ syndicate freedom committee in Beni Suef, held the interior ministry responsible for the incident.

“We will file a complaint on Friday to the general prosecutor against the interior minister and director of security in Beni Suef.  We will request that both men be put on trial,” he said.