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Riot in Southern Egypt After Deadly Police Shooting


Rioting erupted in a southern Egyptian city Sunday after residents accused police of wrongfully shooting a man to death.

The Reuters and French news agencies quote witnesses and a security official as saying protesters in Aswan threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas. Several people were injured.

The rioting erupted after police in Aswan shot a man dead on Saturday. Egyptian authorities say the man was a suspected drug dealer who opened fire on police before being shot. Residents say the man was not a drug dealer and was wrongfully killed.

Egyptian and international rights groups accuse Egyptian police of systematic rights abuses. Egypt's government denies this and says it prosecutes policemen who commit abuses.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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