Egypt police arrest 12

2013-04-28 13:02

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Cairo - Egyptian police arrested 12 members of the "Black Bloc" -- a violent group opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood -- after clashes outside Cairo's presidential palace, the official MENA news agency said Saturday.

Protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at the walls of the presidential palace in Heliopolis, and torched a police vehicle, a security source told MENA.

"Security forces arrested 12 youths who were among rioters involved in the events around the presidential palace on Friday," the source said, adding the judiciary would take action against those involved.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the masked activists of the Black Bloc movement, a security source told AFP.

Footage broadcast on private television station ONTV showed a police vehicle ablaze on the edges of the presidential palace compound.

State television reported early on Saturday that "clashes between the police and the Black Bloc at the presidential palace wounded 20 people."

A security official told AFP that three security personnel, including two officers, were among those hurt.

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