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4 killed, 1,051 injured in clashes in Egypt

2012-02-03 21:11:43 GMT2012-02-04 05:11:43(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and 1,051 injured in central Cairo's protests triggered by a recent football riot, state media reported Friday.

Two were killed in a shooting that occurred from Thursday evening until early Friday in Suez. A soldier and a citizen were killed in clashes between security forces and protestors in front of the Interior Ministry building on Friday, Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.

The 24-year-old soldier was squeezed between a security forces' vehicle and another car. He suffered serious injuries and died later in hospital.

Local security authorities in Suez said outlaws should be blamed for the two deaths in the province. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) blamed some internal and external parties for the clashes in Egypt.

The SCAF said in a statement that Egypt was going through a very sensitive stage in the history, calling on all Egyptians to unify and cooperate with the authorities for peace and stability.

The statement urged national and political movements to immediately respond to positive initiatives and bear their historical roles to regain stability all over the country, noting that peaceful protest is the right for all citizens to express their legitimate demands.

At least 74 people were killed and hundreds injured in a riot of football fans in Egypt's Port Said Stadium after a football match on Wednesday night. The country declared a three-day mourning from Thursday to Saturday.

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