Turkey condemns Cairo shooting, calls it "massacre"

ANKARA Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:10am EDT

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against army after clashes near Republican Guard headquarters around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Nasr City, in the suburb of Cairo July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against army after clashes near Republican Guard headquarters around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Nasr City, in the suburb of Cairo July 8, 2013.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the Cairo shooting in which at least 42 people died on Monday, describing the incident as a "massacre" and calling for the start of a normalization process.

Islamist protesters angered by president Mohamed Mursi's overthrow said the killings occurred when they were fired on outside Republican Guard headquarters. The military blamed the bloodshed on a "terrorist group" that tried to storm the compound and said at least one soldier was killed and 40 hurt.

"I strongly condemn the massacre that took place in Egypt at morning prayer in the name of the fundamental human values which we have been advocating," Davutoglu said on Twitter.

He called for the start of a political normalization process that respects the national will of Egyptians.

Turkey's government has Islamist roots like Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood. Davutoglu last week denounced the Egyptian army's removal of Mursi after days of mass unrest against his rule "a military coup" and said this was "unacceptable".

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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