3 Feb 2012

2 die in more protests in Egypt

9:49 pm on 3 February 2012

Two people have been killed and more than 400 injured in protests across Egypt fuelled by the deaths of 74 people after a football match.

Medical personnel say the two killed were shot by police trying to disperse angry crowds in the city of Suez, the BBC reports.

Thousands of protesters remained on the streets of Cairo following a day of clashes with police.

Thousands marched to the interior ministry, where security forces fired tear gas to keep them back.

The BBC says the Egyptian prime minister earlier announced the sackings of several senior officials.

Funerals of some of the 74 victims took place in Port Said, where the fatal football match was played on Wednesday.

The deaths came when fans invaded the pitch after a fixture between top Cairo club al-Ahly and the Port Said side al-Masry.

A former opposition MP says supporters of the country's ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, are behind a spate of violence in the country.

Dr Mona Makram Abeid, a member of the Advisory Council to the Army, says pro-Mubarak elements still have influence in Egypt.