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Three killed as Egypt army opens fire on pro-Morsi protesters

Three killed as Egypt army opens fire on pro-Morsi protesters

Cairo: A gun battle erupted outside the Cairo headquarters of the Republican Guard today, killing at least three supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and wounding many more, an AFP correspondent said.

Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel, reporting from near the military barracks, said several dozen people were also injured by shotgun pellets fired by the army.

"One protester broke away from the rally to stick a pro-Morsi poster on the barbed-wire around the barracks. He was shot in the head with birdshot," Cassel said.

Security forces were cordoning the Republican Guard barracks but it was not immediately clear who had opened fire.

Thousands of demonstrators had marched from the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the nearby neighbourhood of Nasr City, where they had been camping out for days vowing to defend Morsi's legitimacy.

Senior Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed ElBeltagy told the protestors: "Your brothers are now at the Republican Guards trying to help president Morsi get out. Your brothers are being fired at with live bullets.

"I call on the military is to remove the defence minister and to bring president Morsi back to power. We are going to the republican guards as martyrs in million. Today, president Morsi should come back to power," ElBeltagy said.

The coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday urged people to take part in a "Friday of Rejection" protest following weekly prayers. The call is being seen as a test of whether Morsi still has a support base in the country, and how the army will deal with it.

61-year-old President Morsi was toppled by the powerful military on Wednesday and kept under detention along with some senior aides of his Muslim Brotherhood party.

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