22 killed in Egypt soccer violence

Twenty-two people at least were killed on Sunday in clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside a stadium in Egyptian capital Cairo

Twenty-two people at least were killed on Sunday in clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside a stadium in Egyptian capital Cairo

CAIRO – Twenty-two people at least were killed on Sunday in clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside a stadium in Egyptian capital Cairo.

Prosecutor-General, Hesham Barakat, meanwhile, ordered an investigation into the death of the fans.

The Prosecutor-General did not, however, mention the reason for the death of the fans.

It only said that it had ordered forensic experts to examine the bodies of the victims to know the reason for their death.

Al-Zamalek Club fans confirmed, meanwhile, the death of 22 fellow fans in the clashes.

The fans, who are called White Knights, added in a note on their Facebook page that the bodies of the 22 victims had arrived at hospitals.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab held an emergency meeting with the ministers of health, the interior and sports to discuss the events, according to Egypt's state-run television.

Earlier in the day, the Interior Ministry said in a statement that a large number of fans had tried to break into the stadium, but the following stampede had caused the injury of scores of fans.

The ministry added that the injured victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

It noted, however, that it was not notified about any fatalities in the event.

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