Egypt: Government authorizes use of deadly force by police

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have authorized police to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions from attacks.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of national security, says in a statement Thursday that the new measures come after supporters of the deposed Islamist president torched two local government buildings in the city of Giza, home to the famed pyramids.

 Egypt: Government authorizes use of deadly force by police

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi covers his mouth with tape with Arabic writing that reads: "Military Coup". AP

Egypt's military-backed government also pledged to confront "terrorist actions and sabotage" allegedly carried out by members of former President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

On Wednesday, the government declared a nationwide state of emergency and nighttime curfew after a deadly crackdown on Morsi supporters holding sit-ins and nationwide clashes left more than 500 people dead.

AP

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Updated Date: Aug 15, 2013 21:59:42 IST