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Egypt probes deadly football riot amid new protests

(Xinhua)

08:39, February 03, 2012

CAIRO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's prosecution authorities began on Thursday an investigation into a deadly football riot which killed 74 and injured hundreds amid new protests against police.

Attorney General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud and his two aides on Thursday inspected the Port Said Stadium, the scene of the clashes between fans of two rival teams on Wednesday night upon the end of a premier league match, the official MENA news agency reported.

The top prosecutor ordered TV satellite channels or individuals who shot the match hand over their video tapes, the report added.

The Interior Ministry said 47 people have been arrested after the riot.

Hussein Tantawi, head of the military council, has ordered the formation of a fact-finding committee to probe the clashes in the Port Said Stadium. He said police should be responsible for the security of games.

Meanwhile, new clashes erupted on Thursday between protestors and police in Cairo and Suez.

Clashes between Egyptian riot police and protestors in Cairo have left 388 people injured on Thursday night, state TV reported.

Security forces fired tear gas at protestors to prevent them from reaching the Interior Ministry building near Tahrir Square. The protestors chanted slogans against police and held them accountable for allowing fans to enter the stadium with sticks and knives.

On Friday, a big rally is called for in Cairo, which makes the country face fresh protests due to the latest violent event.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced a three-day national mourning over the incident from Thursday to Saturday.

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