Egypt seeks to distance police from protester killing

January 28, 2015 6:17 PM

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CAIRO – The Egyptian government on Wednesday sought to distance the police from last weekend's shooting death of a female protester, saying a forensic examination showed she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces.

The case of 32-year-old Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, who died after birdshot fired by police hit her during a peaceful rally on Saturday in Cairo, has stirred withering criticism of the police force and its heavy-handed implementation of a law banning demonstrations without prior government approval.

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