March 12, 2014
Clashes across Egypt leave four dead
Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across Egypt today, leaving at least three dead in protests after the army-backed government declared the group a terrorist organization.
Violence broke out after Friday prayers.
An 18-year-old Brotherhood supporter was shot dead during clashes in the Nile Delta city of Damietta. Another man was killed in Minya, a bastion of Islamist support south of Cairo. A third person was killed in Cairo, the interior ministry said, without giving details, and a young man was killed later on, the state news agency reported, after clashes broke out in the southern city of Aswan.
Meanwhile, security forces detained at least 265 Brotherhood supporters.
The widening crackdown has increased tensions in a country suffering the worst internal strife of its modern history since the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Security forces have killed hundreds of his supporters, and lethal attacks on soldiers and police have become commonplace.
The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization after 16 people were killed in a suicide attack on a police station on Tuesday, although the group condemned the attack and it was claimed by a radical faction based in the Sinai Peninsula.
The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies had called for protests in response to the government decision.