CAIRO, Nov 25, 2012 (AFP) -
CAIRO, Nov 25, 2012 (AFP) –
A young Islamist was killed on Sunday in clashes with protesters outside a local Muslim Brotherhood office in the Nile Delta, south of Egypt’s second city Alexandria, an Islamist leader told AFP.
“Islam Fathi Mohammed was killed” in clashes outside the Brotherhood headquarters in the town of Damanhour, one of the movement’s leaders Jamal Hichmat said.
Witnesses said clashes had broken out in Damanhour between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, during protests there against the sweeping new powers he has assumed.
It is the first casualty since the Egyptian leader’s constitutional declaration on Thursday allowing him to issue decisions and laws unchallenged, which has sparked charges by the opposition that he was taking on dictatorial powers.
Mahmoud Dafraoui, a doctor at the hospital in Damanhour, confirmed that an Islamist was killed in the clashes and 10 people wounded.
The witnesses said clashes have been going on for the past three days between the Islamists and Morsi’s opponents, who have tried to storm the Brotherhood office in the Nile Delta town.
Several offices belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party have been torched since Thursday announcement.