Muslim Brotherhood says more than 70 killed in Cairo attack

CAIRO Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:39am EDT

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hide behind a barricade they built to protect themselves from the police during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hide behind a barricade they built to protect themselves from the police during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo July 27, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 70 people died on Saturday after security forces attacked supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said, adding the toll could be much higher.

Al Jazeera's Egypt television station reported 120 had died and some 4,500 had been injured in the early morning violence on the fringes of a round-the-clock vigil being staged by backers of Mursi near a Cairo mosque.

(Reporting by Maggie Fick, Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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