by Patrick Appel

Al-Jazerra reports:

Ayman Mohyeldin reports that eyewitnesses have said "party thugs" associated with the Egyptian regime's Central Security Services - in plainclothes but bearing government-issued weapons - have been looting in Cairo. Ayman says the reports started off as isolated accounts but are now growing in number. 

The Lede:

CNN's Cairo correspondent, Ben Wedeman, reports that some Egyptians have suggested President Hosni Mubarak's regime has withdrawn the police from the streets and ordered the military not to enforce law and order as an intentional ploy to sow chaos and create a situation in which the people will turn to the strongman to restore security.

(Photo: A picture shows a McDonalds store looted and damaged in central Cairo on January 29, 2011 By Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

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