Officials: Egyptian reporter for state daily shot dead at army checkpoint

Published August 20, 2013

| Associated Press

Security officials say an Egyptian journalist working for a state-run daily has been shot dead by soldiers at a military checkpoint.

The officials say the incident took place early Tuesday near Cairo.

They say Tamer Abdel-Raouf from Al-Ahram newspaper and a colleague were on the road after finishing a late-night interview with the recently appointed governor of Beheira province.

They were stopped at a checkpoint and asked to show ID and press cards. After they complied, the soldiers told them they had broken a military-imposed nighttime curfew.

The officials say Abdel-Raouf and the other journalist then drove off without permission. A soldier from the checkpoint opened fire, killing Abdel-Raouf. His colleague was injured when the car hit a tree.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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