Last updated: 13 June, 2014

Egypt policeman shot dead in clashes

A policeman was shot dead in the aftermath of clashes in Cairo on Friday, Egypt’s interior ministry said, after a protest staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The policeman was hit by a bullet in the chest as he took an arrested protester to a police van after security forces broke up the protest on the outskirts of the capital’s upscale Maadi district, the ministry said on its Facebook page.

He was declared dead on arrival at hospital, it said, adding that the bullet that killed him was fired from a nearby building.

The pro-Morsi demonstration came after the Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance called for a week of protests from Friday under the slogan “Freedom For Egypt”.

The alliance regularly calls for and stages demonstrations against the military-installed authorities since Morsi’s ouster last July.

State television also reported the policeman’s killing, and in a separate report said 44 other protesters were arrested nationwide on Friday.

Morsi was ousted by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who last month overwhelmingly won a presidential election that was boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement to which Morsi belongs.

Since Morsi’s removal, a government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters has killed more than 1,400 people and jailed upwards of 15,000.

Hundreds have also been sentenced to death in often speedy trials.