Egypt: 2 protesters killed in Cairo clashes

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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of mourners chanting for the downfall of Egypt's president marched in funerals again Tuesday in the restive city of Port Said as the army chief warned the state could collapse if the latest political crisis drags on. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency, File)

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says two protesters have been killed in clashes Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square and its surroundings.

The official says the two died after being hit by birdshot fired at them as stone-throwing protesters battled police. They are the latest in more than 60 killed in clashes the past six days that have also left hundreds injured.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Egypt's violence has spiraled after first erupting in Cairo on eve of last Friday's second anniversary of the uprising that toppled authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak. It spread around the country, with the worst violence in the Suez Canal city of Port Said, which has virtually declared itself in revolt against the Islamist president.