One dead, 30 injured following clashes at Ministry of Defence: Report

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Apr 2012

News Agency reports one death and tens of injuries as a result of Military of Defence clashes between protesters and unknown assailants on Saturday evening

One protester has been reported dead and 30 injured as a result of the clashes near the Ministry of Defence, a security source told  AP on Sunday. 

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, unknown assailants attacked tens of protesters who had been staging a sit-in since late Friday night near the Ministry of Defence headquarters near Abbasiya Square.

The protesters who included many supporters of the recently barred presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail as well as other activists were voicing their opposition to the decision by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission to disqualify the Salafist preacher from the race for Egypt president which is set for May, and some demanded the military council hand power to a civilian administration.

The attackers used molotov cocktail bombs and cement bricks in their assault on protesters, and gunfire was also heard according to eyewitnesses.

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