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Student dies as clashes flare at pro-Mursi march

Published 02/10/2013 | 23:22

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Policemen stand guard inside room of al-Fath mosque when supporters of deposed President Mursi exchanged gunfire with security forces inside the mosque in Cairo

A high school student was killed when opponents and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi clashed in the city of Suez on Wednesday night, medical and security sources said.

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The two sides exchanged gun fire and threw petrol bombs after supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mursi chanted anti-army slogans as they marched in the city, the sources said.

Abdullah Mohamed Attia, 17, died from a bullet wound, the state news agency reported, after both sides exchanged gunfire and threw petrol bombs.

The student was a supporter of Mursi, the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party said in a statement.

The European Union's foreign policy chief is in Cairo this week to encourage reconciliation between the Brotherhood and the government installed after the army removed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Since Mursi's downfall, security forces have killed hundreds of pro-Mursi protesters, and senior members of the Brotherhood have been arrested, actions that drastically reduced the size of protests.

Reuters

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