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One dead as Egyptian protesters battle police near US Embassy

Last modified: 15 Sep 2012 01:48

One protester was killed on Friday as Egyptians angry at a film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad clashed for a third day with police blocking the way to the US Embassy.

The 35-year-old protestor died from bird shot wounds three days after protesters climbed embassy walls and tore down the American flag.

"God is Greatest" and "There is no God but God," one group near the front of the clashes chanted as some threw stones on Friday on a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby, as police in riot gear fired off rounds of teargas.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in streets near the mission late into the evening, pelting police with stones and petrol bombs as they were pushed back from the embassy perimeter.

The state news agency said 27 people were injured on Friday.

[Source: Reuters]