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Morsi loyalists seize two Egypt soldiers

08 July 2013, 16:01

Cairo - Armed supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi seized two soldiers in Cairo after dozens were killed on Monday in clashes outside an elite military headquarters, an army official said.

Both of the Egyptian soldiers, who were identified as Samir Abdallah Ali and Azzam Hazem Ali, were put in a vehicle and forced to make pro-Morsi and anti-army statements on a loudspeaker, said the official, cited by state news agency MENA.

One soldier had been "severely beaten up" and filmed while making the pro-Morsi statements, he added.

The report comes after an attack on Morsi supporters outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo killed at least 42 people and injured hundreds, according to the emergency services.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has led pro-Morsi demonstrations since the army ousted him on Wednesday, said at least 35 of its supporters were killed when police and troops fired at them while they were praying at dawn.

Witnesses, including Brotherhood supporters at the scene, said the army fired only tear gas and warning shots and that "thugs" in civilian clothes had carried out the deadly shooting.



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