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Attorney General orders probe as video showing man jumping off Tower leaked

Mon, Dec. 2, 2019
CAIRO – 2 December 2019: Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigation after footage leaked on Sunday from a surveillance camera at the 187-meter (614 ft) Cairo Tower, showing a young man committing a suicide by jumping from such height.

A video showing an Engineering student while approaching the brink of the tower, climbing the fence, and jumping with barely any hesitation went viral on social media. The investigation seeks finding those behind leaking the footage.

The general prosecution said in a statement on Monday it would disclose the details in a separate statement, once investigations are finished.

Social media users have complained about the video's negative impact on them and likely on the student's family. The motive behind the suicide has not yet been known.

In November, the body of a third grade student in the Faculty of Pharmacy, called Shahd Ahmed, was found dead in the Nile after being missing for three days.

The 19-year old girl was believed to have committed suicide in Giza, according to police initial investigations. However, social media users have questioned the classification.

A report published by the World Health Organization in September said that one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds, estimating that each year, about 800,000 people die from suicide, according to the report.
 
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