CAIRO -- An American citizen detained by Egyptian authorities since late August was found hanged in his jail cell on Sunday, U.S. and Egyptian officials said. Egyptian authorities described the death as an apparent suicide.
The man, identified by
Other foreigners have been caught up in a wave of arrests associated with violent turmoil that erupted weeks after Islamist president
The Egyptian public prosecutor’s office said Lunn had been detained Aug. 29 in a restive northern area of the Sinai peninsula, where Egyptian security forces have been battling Islamist militants. After being picked up on the road leading to the Gaza Strip after curfew, the American was jailed in the
No formal charges had been filed against Lunn. Detention without charge is commonplace in Egypt.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed that Lunn had received a consular visit on Oct. 8.
An officer at the Ismailia police station reported that he discovered Lunn's body hanging from a door on Sunday morning, and said there was a shoelace and a leather belt around his neck, the public prosecutor's office said. It added that an autopsy would be conducted.
Some reports carried on Egyptian state media identified Lunn as a retired