US citizen stabbed to death in Egypt's Alexandria

Ahram Online, Friday 28 Jun 2013

Andrew Pochter, 21, was stabbed in Egypt's second city as he was taking pictures of clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters

Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and anti-Mursi protesters clash in Sedy Gaber in Alexandria, June 28, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

A US citizen was killed in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Friday during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, bringing the city's total death toll on Friday to two.

The American man died from a stab wound to the chest, according to Amin Ezz El-Din, head of Alexandria's security directorate.

Ezz El-Din said the young American had been taking pictures with his mobile phone near one of the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which President Morsi hails, when he was attacked by unknown assailants.

The victim was rushed to a military hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Security sources told Ahram Online's correspondent that the victim's name is Andrew Pochter. He was a 21-year-old photojournalist.

The details have not yet been officially confirmed.

The report of his death was confirmed by Ibrahim El-Roubi, head of emergencies at Alexandria's health department, along with two other security officials.

In May, American academic Chris Stone was stabbed in the neck outside the US embassy in Cairo. Stone, however, survived the attack.

Stone's attacker, Mahmoud Badr, 30, a commerce graduate, told interrogators that he had travelled to Cairo by train from Upper Egypt's Kafr El-Sheikh with the specific intention of killing a US national, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported.

An Egyptian protester was also killed Friday in Alexandria in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi. "All kinds of weapons, including live fire" were used in the melee, said Ezz El-Din.

CORRECTION: The victim is 21 years old and not 28 as previously mentioned.

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