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74 killed in football clash

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2012 | 2:41 AM

At least 74 people have been killed in clashes between rival fans following a football match in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

Scores were injured as fans - reportedly armed with knives - invaded the pitch after a match between top-tier clubs al-Masry and al-Ahly.

The Egyptian government said it is the biggest disaster in the country's football history.

A statement posted on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' Facebook page announced three days of national mourning, beginning today.

The statement also promised a full investigation into the incident.

All premier-league matches have been cancelled and the newly-elected Egyptian parliament is to hold an emergency session today.