'3 anti-gov't demonstrators killed in Cairo square'

Bodies of 3 dead protesters seen being carried toward ambulance after automatic weapons fire directed into square come from at least three locations as pro-Mubarak and anti-gov't rioters clash.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 3, 2011 05:22
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CAIRO — Bursts of heavy gunfire were ringing out in Cairo's Tahrir Square Thursday morning, and a protest organizer said three anti-government demonstrators have been killed.

Mustafa al-Naggar said he saw the bodies of three dead protesters being carried toward an ambulance early Thursday morning. He said the automatic weapons fire directed into the square came from at least three locations off in the distance.

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The Egyptian military has had the square ringed with tank squads to try to keep order, but al-Naggar said they did not intervene.

The health minister did not answer a phone call seeking confirmation of the deaths.

Hours earlier, supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak armed with rocks, sticks and firebombs charged into the square in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters.

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