MOSCOW, January 25 (Sputnik) —At least 15 people were killed in Egypt's Cairo and Alexandria on Sunday, Reuters has reported, as supporters and opponents of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi clashed on the third anniversary of the 2011 protests which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
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According to AFP, the protests were led by Islamist groups against the government, which came to power after then-General al-Sisi overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
At least two of the deaths came after an explosive device being planted under a high-voltage tower exploded prematurely, police told AP.
Earlier in the day, two policemen were wounded after an improvised explosive device detonated outside a sports club in the Heliopolis area of Cairo, Egyptian security sources said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
In a separate development on Saturday, a female protester was fatally shot in central Cairo near Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of the 2011 uprising that put an end to Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, was reportedly killed as police were dispersing a protest in downtown Cairo.
On Friday, a 17-year-old girl was killed during protests in Egypt's second most populous city, Alexandria. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood blamed security forces.
Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been jailed since then. The former president currently stands trial; he is charged with crimes including espionage and involvement in terror attacks.