12/17/2011 03:36 am ET Updated Feb 16, 2012

Egypt Protests: Second Day Of Violence Rocks Cairo, 9 Killed

CAIRO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Eight people have been
killed as clashes between troops and protesters in central Cairo
spilled over into a second day, Egyptian state television said
on Saturday.

It also said that 303 people had been wounded in the unrest
in the capital, whose centre has turned into a smoke-filled
battleground in some of the most violent clashes since a popular
uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February.

Egypt's Dar al-Iftah, the body that issues Islamic fatwas
(edicts), said one of its senior officials, Emad Effat, was
among the dead, state news agency MENA said.

Clashes around government offices and parliament raged on
after nightfall on Friday, with protesters throwing petrol bombs
and stones at soldiers who used batons and what witnesses said
appeared to be electric cattle prods.

The violence has sharpened tensions between the ruling army
and its opponents, and clouded a parliamentary vote set to bring
Islamists, long repressed by Mubarak, to the verge of power.