Minst femten mennesker er ifølge offisielle kilder blitt drept under skyting i Kairo grytidlig i dag morges. Det muslimske brorskapet sier at flere av dets medlemmer ble beskutt under en demonstrasjon fremfor Republikanergardens hovedkvarter, mens hæren hevder at en terroristgruppe forsøkte å storme det samme.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Mr Morsi comes from, said the army raided the sit-in at about 04:00 (02:00 GMT) as many of the protesters were performing dawn prayers.

«The protesters were taken unawares and the troops used live ammunition, bird shot and tear gas,» protester Alaa el-Hadidi told the BBC.

Mahmud al-Shilli told the AFP news agency that the Presidential Guard had used tear gas but that a group of men in civilian clothing had then opened fire.

«The thugs came from the side. We were the target,» he told AFP.

However in a statement read on state media, the army blamed the shooting on «an armed terrorist group» which had tried to storm the barracks.

It said an army officer was among those killed and that a number of others were wounded.

The statement said some 200 people had been arrested and were found to have large amounts of weapons, ammunition and petrol bombs.

 

BBC: Egypt unrest: Morsi supporters shot dead in Cairo