Journalist shot during clashes dies


Photographers take pictures of an anti-government protester praying in Tahrir Square (AP)

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram said an Egyptian reporter shot during clashes earlier this week has died of his wounds, the first reported journalist death in 11 days of turmoil surrounding Egypt’s wave of anti-government protests.

Al-Ahram said Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, 36, was taking pictures of clashes on the streets from the balcony of his home, not far from central Tahrir Square, when he was “shot by a sniper” four days ago. It said in a report on its website that he died in hospital.

The paper said Mahmoud worked as a reporter for Al-Taawun, one of a number of newspapers put out by the Al-Ahram publishing house.

Tens of thousands of protesters have been massing in Tahrir Square since January 25 demanding the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

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