Two Morsi supporters killed and three injured in clashes
Clashes erupted between pro-Morsi supporters and locals after Friday prayers, triggering the unrest (File/AFP)
Two pro-Morsi protesters were killed by live ammunition on Friday and three were injured in the Alexandria governorate during pro-Morsi supporters' clashes with angry locals, an interior ministry statement read.
According to the statement the clashes erupted between hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters and angry locals after Friday prayers in Al-Dekhela area, West of Alexandria when the former tried to organise a rally in the area. Security forced responded by arresting several pro-Morsi demonstrators.
The ministry's statement, published on its official Facebook page, said security forces eventually apprehended 42 pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo, Giza, Fayoum and Alexandria governorates.
Friday protests have been common since Morsi’s ouster last July, although the Egyptian authorities in November issued a law criminalising unauthorised public demonstrations.
Morsi’s ouster also led to a spike in militant attacks, initially concentrated in the Sinai Peninsula, but in recent months becoming more common in the Nile Delta region and in Egypt’s capital.
Earlier on Friday, two suicide attacks in South Sinai targeted a checkpoint and a tour bus, leaving at least one conscript dead and nine others injured.
A low ranking police officer was killed and four other security personnel were injured in a bombing targeting traffic checkpoint in Cairo's Heliopolis.