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February 4th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Officials: Van stolen from U.S. Embassy may have hit Cairo protesters

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - A white diplomatic van shown plowing into anti-government protesters in Cairo might belong to the United States, officials said, adding that 20 such vehicles have been stolen in Egypt amid the unrest.

The YouTube video, dated January 28, is one of three from recent days showing drivers seemingly purposefully ramming their vehicle into demonstrators in streets that appear to be around Cairo's Tahrir Square.

The footage caused an uproar online, some of it related to the fact that the van appeared to resemble a U.S. diplomatic vehicle.

"Obviously, we've seen some of the reaction on YouTube and other forums, which is why we're trying to get out and knock this erroneous story down," U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday afternoon.

Fellow State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was the first to comment earlier Friday, saying that American officials were "very aware" of the video and trying to get more information on what happened.

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  1. Fatma Maged

    I believe this incident is a part of the Egyptian Government tactics to cause more chaos and violent attacks on Americans in Egypt. I also think it is Egyptian Regime's retailtory tactic in response the videos on youtube showing security vans running over protestors.

    February 5, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  2. rick

    Yes this was said to be a stolen van running over people.The driver is the asaulter not the van or owner of this van.
    Yet we cannt know the effects on one caught up in such a citiation.

    February 5, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  3. ishaamir

    Watch the video. Why would a random person holding a camera, stay steady on this van for so long? It goes for several seconds centered on this van before it begins to move. They were perched waiting to capture this. If it were something surprising, the people with the video would have rushed to share it with any news organization or journalist covering the protests. No, they took time to upload it on youtube, expecting anonymity. THEY WILL BE FOUND. Insha'allah, they will get what they deserve.

    February 5, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  4. wael

    Anderson, since u are in Egypt in Tahrir square the U.S embassy is very close, why u do go to the embassy and film from there and show us where the vans been stolen, I have been in the embassy several time in the past, it is so secure no one can get close, also they do not have an outside garage to cars been stolen, I think people deserve to know the truth and state department owe explanation since we ask for freedom so, we should have it and help other to have it not just acting

    February 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  5. Christine

    Did the Egyptians really believe anyone would believe this was someone from the U.S. Embassy in Egypt? Maybe some anti-U.S. Egyptians will believe this garbage but nobody else will. It was a pathetic, callous, barbaric act.

    February 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  6. mondi

    During the revolution of 1979 in Iran, we saw similar tactics, 20 years later it was suggested that the pains were inflected by Radicals Islamic to fuel the movement for rapid change.
    similar assassinations etc.

    They took advantage of heated revolutionaries and diverted the democratic movement to a so called Islamic revolution, as the world has seen the result in the past 30 years.

    As important as democracy is, rushing to get it can be disastrous. Lets hope Egypt will not be the next Iran.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Terrible that US embassy vehicles are being stolen and used in such a way to make it look like the US is contributing to the destabilization of Egypt. It sounds like there needs to be more security on the vehicles so that they are harder to steal.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  8. Mona

    Perfect plot, get the "foreigners" accused for the uprising! Wanting to create "instability" for the otherwise perfect regime. Now countries putting pressure on him to leave are getting punished. He Calimed the people not protesting who are staying at home are happy with his presence, and people protesting were brain washed by evil foreign hands, and are their agents.
    Every moment this pathetic regime stays is dangerous! For Egypt and the whole world. Genius in corruption. Gottta hand it to Mubarak he is amazinngly creative, and powerful.

    February 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm |