Police alert at Egypt mosques

Cairo (Reuter) - Egyptian police, on alert after killing 16 Muslim militants in the government's bloodiest crackdown for a decade, ringed mosques in Cairo and Aswan yesterday as fundamentalists flocked to weekly prayers. At two fundamentalist mosques in the Cairo slum of Imbaba, dozens of armed police stood guard.

An officer said police were determined to prevent any riots or protests against the eight simultaneous raids mounted in the early hours of Wednesday on suspected militant hideouts.

Comments