PM vows probe into violent scenes

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Anti-government protestors face soldiers just outside the main square in Cairo, Egypt (AP)

Egypt’s prime minister has apologised for the attack by supporters of his regime on anti-government protesters in central Cairo – and vowed to investigate who was behind it.

The protesters accuse the regime of sending a force of paid thugs and policemen in civilian clothes to attack them with rocks, sticks and firebombs to crush their movement to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

Prime minister Ahmed Shafiq told state TV: “I offer my apology for everything that happened yesterday because it’s neither logical nor rational.”

The public apology from a top government official is highly unusual.

Mr Shafiq called the attack a “blatant mistake” and promised to investigate “so everyone knows who was behind it”.

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