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Cairo, Egypt– Three Egyptian protesters were killed and others wounded Saturday when police in downtown Cairo opened fire on a massive crowd demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

The bursts of gunfire came as protesters numbering in the tens of thousands stormed the Interior Ministry one day after Egypt’s embattled president refused to voluntarily end his 30-year reign.

“We don’t want him!” the demonstrators shouted as a rogue Army captain shredded a photo of the president. “We will go after him!”


Protesters were seen carrying the fatally wounded victims out on their shoulders from the huge anti-government demonstrations sweeping through the Egyptian capital.

The latest killings raised the death toll to 48, with more than 2,000 injuries reported, The Associated Press reported. The number of arrests reportedly climbed above 1,000.