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Egypt policeman 'killed in shootout with Mursi backers'

Published on Jun 16, 2014 9:20 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian police captain was killed on Monday in a shootout on the southern outskirts of Cairo with alleged supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the interior ministry said.

Since the military ousted Mursi last July, Egypt has been rocked by near-daily violence with hundreds of police dead in militant attacks and more than 1,000 Mursi supporters killed in street clashes with security forces.

The police officer was shot dead during an operation targeting five wanted members of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, the ministry said.

The five were "implicated in many violent acts and attacks on police cars and electricity transmission pylons", it added.

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