People living on the Egyptian side of Sallum blocked the main motorway heading to Libya
Evacuees from Libya cross the border with Egypt near Sallum in March last year. Two people were killed during clashes between residents of an Egyptian town close to the Libyan border and security forces, security officials told AFP on Wednesday. © Aris Messinis - AFP/File
People living on the Egyptian side of Sallum blocked the main motorway heading to Libya
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Last updated: April 11, 2012

Clashes near Egypt-Libya border leave two dead

Egyptian protesters on Wednesday set fire to a military intelligence building on the Libyan border, a day after deadly clashes with security forces, security officials told AFP.

Residents of the border town of Sallum also blocked the motorway to Libya, allowing access only to Libyan families returning home, the official said.

They later withdrew their blockade of the motorway, state news agency MENA said.

The unrest comes after residents blocked the road on Tuesday night to protest security restrictions on cross-border traffic and increased tariffs for lorries.

Security forces intervened, leading to clashes that left two people dead and four injured.

Egypt has been gripped by security-related problems, protests and clashes since a popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak last year.

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