by Chris Bodenner
CNN just reported from a Cairo neighborhood where looters on motorcycles, armed with swords, have been faced down by neighborhood patrols formed by residents in the sudden absence of police on the streets. The Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, now back online, reported the rumor that some of the looters in Cairo are members of the hated mukhabarat or secret police.
9:46pm Ayman Mohyeldin reports desolate Cairo streets and roaming bands of thuggish-looking men who cannot be identified as plainclothes police or civilians. He also says many fewer people are in the streets than earlier in the evening.
(Photo: A protestor climbs in through the window of a McDonald's restaurant near Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. By Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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