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Egypt police storm area on Cairo outskirts

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 00:37

Sept. 19 - An Egyptian police officer is shot dead in clashes on the outskirts of Cairo, state media reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Heavy gunfire was heard on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday (September 19), as security forces attempted to take control over an area where 11 policemen were killed in a militant attack last month. Police and soldiers descended on a street in the Nahya neighborhood, near the town of Kerdasah, in an attempt to restore control over the Islamist-dominated area, where hostility to the authorities has grown since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi on July 3. State media reported that an Egyptian police officer was shot dead in clashes in the area on Thursday. There had been little or no sign of state authority in Kerdasah since an August 14 attack on its police station, which was hit with rocket propelled grenades and torched as police broke up protests by Mursi supporters in Cairo. Churches were also attacked. Hundreds of Mursi supporters were killed on August 14, when the security forces moved against the pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo, setting off the worst wave of violence in Egypt's modern history. In a similar operation earlier this week, security forces moved into the town of Delga in the southern province of Minya - scene of some of the worst violence last month. Around 70 people were killed and about 20 churches torched in Minya. At least 2,000 people, mostly Mursi supporters, have been arrested since Mursi's ouster, and more than 100 members of the security forces have been killed. Kerdasah, known for producing fabrics, is 14 km (nine miles) from Cairo.

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Egypt police storm area on Cairo outskirts

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 00:37