Egypt riot over soccer verdicts kills at least 27

2:52 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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CAIRO - Egyptian troops are deployed in the Mediterranean city of Port Said to quell a deadly riot.

Security officials say a total of 27 people have been killed and some 400 wounded, many by gunfire, throughout the city.

Relatives and angry young men rampaged through Port Said on Saturday after a judge sentenced 21 people to death in connection with a melee last year at a soccer match that killed 74 fans of a Cairo-based team.

Victims were killed when police fired tear gas, bird shot and other live ammunition at the mob.

Saturday's riot stems from animosity between police and die-hard soccer fans know as Ultras, who also were part of the mass uprising against deposed President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and were at the forefront of protests against the military rulers who assumed temporary power after his ouster.

It also reflects tensions after the uprising that reached into all sectors of Egyptian life, even sports.

Unrest surrounding the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution also broke out in Cairo and other cities for a third day, with protesters clashing for hours with riot police in the capital's downtown.

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