‘4 hit by buckshot’ as Egypt Islamists, rivals clash

CAIRO (AFP) — Four persons were wounded by buckshot on Friday after opposition activists marched on thousands of Islamists rallying outside the Supreme Court in central Cairo demanding judicial reform, an official said.

In the clashes, the two sides pelted each other with stones and Molotov cocktails and gunfire was heard, according to an AFP journalist.

The correspondent added that opposition activists from the so-called Black Bloc, wearing black masks, fired buckshot at Islamists on the October 6 Bridge over the Nile River near Tahrir Square and wounded two people.

The head of the Egyptian rescue agency, Mohammed Sultan, told television that four people had been hospitalized with buckshot wounds.

An hour after the clashes broke out, three armored police vehicles arrived and began firing tear gas, the correspondent said.

The Islamists, who set fire to two buses, were demanding an overhaul of the judiciary, after a court challenged a decision by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to sack the veteran state prosecutor.

(Source / 19.04.2013)

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