Egypt to cut nightime curfew by 2 hours from Saturday

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt is to shorten a nightime curfew imposed on Cairo and 13 provinces starting on Saturday, the Cabinet said on Thursday.

The curfew will be from midnight to 5am, except on Fridays when it will begin at 7pm, according to a Cabinet statement.

The curfew was imposed last month as the authorities launched a massive crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

On Sept 12, Egypt's interim authorities extended a state of emergency in force since mid-August by another two months because of the country's continued security problems.

Egyptian troops and the police on Thursday stormed the village of Kerdassah on the outskirts of Cairo to flush out militants as part of a sustained crackdown on supporters of Mursi.

One police officer has been killed in the operation.