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US citizen killed in Egypt clashes: state TV

Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi protest in the coastal city of Alexandria on June 28, 2013
Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi burn the content of a Freedom and Justice Party office in the coastal city of Alexandria on June 28, 2013. A US photojournalist was killed in clashes on Friday, state TV reported.

A US citizen was killed on Friday in clashes in Egypt's second city of Alexandria, state television reported, bringing the death toll up to two.

A medical source said a "21-year-old US citizen was killed. He was taken to hospital with birdshot wounds".

The American embassy in Cairo said it was still trying to confirm the news.

"We have heard of reports of the death of a US citizen. We are seeking to confirm," a US embassy official told AFP.

Alexandria security chief Amin Ezzedine confirmed an American "who was taking photographs" was killed in the clashes.

State television said the American was a photojournalist, but Ezzedine said he worked at a US cultural centre in Alexandria.

The death comes as clashes raged in Alexandria between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, and rival rallies were being held around the country.

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