Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Egypt’s embattled regime moved Thursday to defuse a bloody uprising as sporadic clashes continued in the capital’s central square, where the drama has been unfolding for 10 days.
President Hosni Mubarak’s newly appointed prime minister apologized repeatedly for the violence that rocked Cairo on Wednesday, which many believe was the work of pro-government thugs, and vowed to investigate.
Mubarak supporters converged with anti-government crowds Wednesday in a confrontation that quickly evolved into continuing mayhem in the city’s Tahrir Square. At least five people were killed and 836 injured, including 200 within one hour Thursday morning, according to the health ministry.
Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq blamed infiltrators and a “complete disappearance” of police for the human toll in the “catastrophe.” Vice President Omar Suleiman said the perpetrators of the violence would be held accountable. Read more at CNN
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