A police officer and passerby were killed in a drive-by shooting in Cairo Friday, Al-Ahram reported, as protests kicked off across the country by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
A security source at the Ministry of Interior said that unknown assailants in two cars opened fire on the Nozha Police Station in Heliopolis, killing one police officer and a passerby, and injuring another policeman.
Meanwhile, supporters of Morsi took to the streets in various parts of Cairo and Giza amid heightened security.
Clashes broke out between protesters and residents of Giza near the Istiqama Mosque as the former attempted to march following Friday Prayers, according to MENA.
Gunfire was also heard on Ahmed Orabi Street in Mohandiseen, as protesters attempted to make their way to Sphinx Square, Al-Ahram reported.
Police and army forces sealed off the street as well as the fifteenth of May Bridge, where gunfire had erupted on 16 August amid protests by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Army forces also blocked of Merghany Street leading to the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace amid reports that a pro-Morsi march is headed there.
Hundreds of protesters made their way through Nasr City and Heliopolis wearing shirts bearing the Rabea al-Adaweya symbol, and calling for the reinstatement of Morsi.
The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy had called for mass protests on Friday to put an end to what they describe as a military coup and to achieve the revolution’s goals, amid warnings from the Interior Ministry that it may use live ammunition to contain any acts of violence against public, religious, or police facilities.
Protests also erupted in Alexandria, Assiut and Gharbeya.
[This article originally appeared on Mada Masr.]