3 Islamist protesters killed in Egypt

3 Islamist protesters killed in Egypt
# 16 August 2014 01:52 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Three protesters were killed on Friday during clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and security forces in several Egyptian provinces, state-run Ahram news website reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Morsi's loyalists staged protests on Friday afternoon for a second straight day in major cities such as Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Fayyoum and Minya. One of the protesters was killed when police were dispersing a rally near a police station in Giza, security officials were quoted as saying, adding that the man possessed explosives.

In neighborhoods of Giza, demonstrators chanted slogans against the military and set off fireworks trying to block some main roads. A police officer was injured by live ammunition when stopping an attack against a gas station.

Earlier on Thursday, at least seven people were killed during similar clashes. The Interior Ministry said that more than 200 protesters were arrested across the country on Thursday and Friday for using violence.

Friday's violence came just one day after the first anniversary of the forceful dispersal of Islamist protesters at two of Cairo's major sit-ins last year, in which nearly 1,000 people were killed and several thousands wounded.

Pro-Morsi protests have been a regular occurrence in Egypt since the military ousted Morsi last July after massive public protests against his one-year turbulent rule. However, supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, have been denouncing Morsi's removal as a "military coup."

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