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3 dead as riots rock Egypt's Port Said for a second day

Published on Jan 27, 2013 11:24 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Three people died and more than 400 were hurt in Egypt's Port Said on Sunday, as rioting sparked by death sentences passed on fans of a local football team rocked the canal city for a second straight day.

Crowds attempted to storm three police stations and others torched a social club belonging to the armed forces, looting items inside, security officials said.

The head of Port Said's hospitals, Dr Abdelrahman Farag said among the dead was a teenager shot in the chest. Another 433 people were injured in the rioting.

The violence comes a day after 31 people were killed in the Mediterranean city in clashes with police after a Cairo court handed down death sentences on 21 supporters of the local football club, Al-Masry. It also follows deadly protests in Cairo on Friday against President Mohamed Mursi on the second anniversary of Egypt's uprising, highlighting deep political divisions and longstanding tensions between police and protesters.

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