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1 army officer killed, more than 100 Islamists arrested hours before protests

  • Egyptian plainclothes police officers detain a protester during a demonstration against the Egyptian government on Al Haram Street in Giza, a neighboring city of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. At least two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)

    Egyptian plainclothes police officers detain a protester during a demonstration against the Egyptian government on Al Haram Street in Giza, a neighboring city of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. At least two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian security forces deploy in the Cairo suburb of Matareya on the day that Islamists called for nationwide demonstrations Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The call for rallies to topple the government and in defense of their religion is their first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown since the military's ouster last year of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah) EGYPT OUT

    Egyptian security forces deploy in the Cairo suburb of Matareya on the day that Islamists called for nationwide demonstrations Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. The call for rallies to topple the government and in defense of their religion is their first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown since the military's ouster last year of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah) EGYPT OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • People raise the four-finger sign symbolizing the sit-in at a mosque where hundreds were killed by the Egyptian military in August 2013, as they protest against the Egyptian government on Al Haram Street in Giza, a neighboring city of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. At least two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)

    People raise the four-finger sign symbolizing the sit-in at a mosque where hundreds were killed by the Egyptian military in August 2013, as they protest against the Egyptian government on Al Haram Street in Giza, a neighboring city of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. At least two senior Egyptian army officers were killed early Friday morning as security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)  (The Associated Press)

Government officials say a senior Egyptian army officer was killed while security forces arrested more than 100 Islamists ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

The Cabinet operations room says the officer was killed Friday when unidentified assailants opened fire from a vehicle; two army conscripts, were also injured in the attack.

Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif says seven bombs were dismantled around the country.

The Islamists' call for nationwide rallies Friday is their first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown since the military's ouster last year of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Security forces have responded with a massive lockdown. Armored vehicles deployed across the city while cement blocks sealed off roads leading to security headquarters, the presidential palace and the Ministry of Defense.