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01-28-2011, 01:32 PM
Army set to take charge in Egypt


EGYPTIAN president Hosni Mubarak ordered the army to take charge of security in the country with the help of the police as officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets fought running battles across the country in a fourth day of anti-regime demonstrations.

As Egypt's biggest anti-government protests in three decades escalated, police struggled to contain the anger, with protesters running rampant through the capital and torching two police stations, witnesses said.One protester was confirmed dead in the Egyptian canal city of Suez during the clashes with police, according to witnesses. That incident took the total number of deaths during the riots to eight.

In Suez, protesters overran a police station, seized weapons and torched security force vehicles in fierce clashes, witnesses said, while in central Alexandria, protesters set fire to a government building.Smoke billowed over the building in the northern port city, and several protesters also broke into the compound of a police station in another central district.