Militants Strike Back Against Egyptian Police, Reports Say

25 officers gunned down in Sinai; Former President Mubarak could be released.

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Egypt continues to flounder in violence following reports that militants executed 25 police officers on Monday, the same day government officials say former authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak may be released from jail.

[PHOTOS: Violence Rages in Egypt]

The suspected militants attacked a bus traveling through Rafah in the northern Sinai Peninsula region, shooting the police officers on board and leaving two wounded, according to security officials. The attack could have been retribution for the continued clashes between protesters and security officials.

Police had killed 36 detainees traveling in a prison convoy on Sunday after one busload rioted and took a guard captive. The 600-prisoner convoy -- largely comprised of participants in central Cairo protests -- was heading to Abu Zaabal prison in northern Egypt.

Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, head of the military, vowed his forces would stand firm in Cairo and called for the inclusion of pro-Morsi Islamist supporters.

The total death toll in Egypt now exceeds 1,000 since police forces moved in on two separate protest camps in Cairo of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and his conservative Muslim Brotherhood political party.

[READ: 4 Out of 5 Egyptians Claim Life Was Better Under Mubarak]

Great media attention has been given to the recent engagements, including at mosque in central Cairo over the weekend where Morsi supporters holed up against the onslaught from security forces.

Adding to the situation are reports that former President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled over the nation before the 2011 Arab Spring protests that forced him from office, will be freed this week.

Mubarak and his two sons face charges of corruption and for killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. The two-year limit on custody has expired so Egyptian law dictates he must be freed, according to the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The justice system, however, may still find a way to keep Mubarak behind bars.

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