Two cops stabbed in Port Said riots

March 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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PORT SAID, Egypt, March 5 (UPI) -- Violence still reigned in Port Said, Egypt, as two police officers were stabbed and a protester shot after a decision to jail 39 following a soccer riot.

Monday, protesters stormed the city's security directorate, hurling Molotov cocktails at the building. When protesters gathered again Tuesday, police fired tear gas into the crowd and warning shots in the air in an attempt to disperse the angry mob.

Protesters fought back, throwing stones and stabbing two officers who exited the building out a side entrance, Ahram Online said. They both survived but are in critical condition at a Port Said military hospital. The protester shot in the aftermath is also still alive, the news outlet said.

The fighting in the Suez Canal city has raged for days after officials announced 39 people charged following a soccer riot that killed 70 people last year would be transferred from a prison in Port Said to a prison on the other side of the Nile Delta.

Health ministry officials said more than 350 people have been injured since the protests began.

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