Egypt security forces clash with protesters; 2 killed

This file photo shows Egyptian riot police standing guard at a soccer match in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 21, 2015.

This file photo shows Egyptian riot police standing guard at a soccer match in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 21, 2015.


Egypt’s Interior Ministry says security forces have clashed with Islamist Muslim Brotherhood protesters in northern Egypt, killing two of them and arresting six.

In a statement Friday, the ministry said that the killed men were part of a group trying to stage a demonstration and carry out attacks against security forces in the northern city of Damietta.

Authorities banned the Muslim Brotherhood group following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013. Thousands of the group’s members have been killed or jailed over the past two years.

The Interior Ministry says those arrested were wanted for a previous attack on a gas pipeline.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, say in a statement that the men were killed protesting the military overthrow and price hikes.


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