Bearded Islamists With Machetes, Sticks and Guns Kill at least Seven in Cairo’s Manial Neighborhood
Bearded Islamists armed with machetes, sticks and guns killed at least seven residents in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo this weekend.
Armed pro-Morsi Islamists also fired on the opposition in Alexandria, Egypt over the weekend.
Residents of Cairo’s Manial neighborhood were recovering Saturday from a bloody night of clashes with armed supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood who killed at least seven people and left dozens injured, they told AFP.
The violence erupted when residents tried to stop hundreds of Islamists passing through Manial to reach protests being staged in the iconic Tahrir Square against toppled president Mohammed Mursi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Brotherhood attacked the area with all kinds of weapons,” said resident Mohammed Yehya, who lost three of his friends in the mayhem.
Inhabitants of the Nile island of Manial reported seeing dozens of bearded Islamists armed with machineguns, machetes and sticks on Friday night before the deadly clashes broke out.
Snipers were spotted on rooftops, and medics told AFP they treated some residents of the normally quiet middle-class neighborhood for bullet wounds with a downward trajectory.
Islamists also threw local teens off rooftops in Alexandria.