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Egypt declares month-long state of emergency

A member of the security forces is dragged and stripped of his vest by protesters after his police vehicle was pushed off the 6th of October bridge by protesters, near the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in th
A member of the security forces is dragged and stripped of his vest by protesters after his police vehicle was pushed off the 6th of October bridge by protesters, near the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and army at around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and army at around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi carries another as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by Mursi supporters near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi carries another as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by Mursi supporters near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flee from tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police and army personnel around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, Aug 1
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flee from tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police and army personnel around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi helps another walk as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi helps another walk as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi fires fireworks towards police during clashes in Cairo on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency on Wednesday as violence raged across t
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi fires fireworks towards police during clashes in Cairo on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency on Wednesday as violence raged across the country following a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency on Wednesday as violence raged across the country following a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.

The nationwide state of emergency will begin at 4pm (10pm Singapore time), the presidency said in a statement read out on state television.

The exceptional measures came as “the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups,” the presidency said.

Interim president Adly Mansour “has tasked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens.”