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Many dead in Cairo clashes near defence ministry

Unidentified assailants have killed at least 11 people protesting against Egypt's ruling generals near the defence ministry in Cairo, officials say.

The attackers set on them at dawn using rocks, clubs, firebombs and firing shotguns. The protesters retaliated, beating some of the assailants.

The police and soldiers have now managed to stop the clashes, but the intervention came nearly six hours after the incident began.

Two leading presidential candidates have suspended campaigning in protest.

Jon Leyne reports

  • 02 May 2012
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