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ElBaradei: Egypt in ‘dire need’ of reconciliation

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Egyptian liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday the country was in “dire need” of reconciliation after at least 42 people were killed at dawn in Cairo.

“Violence begets violence and should be strongly condemned. Independent Investigation a must. Peaceful transition is only way. Egypt is in dire need of reconciliation,” the Nobel Peace laureate said on his official Twitter account.

ElBaradei’s statement came after at least 42 people were killed in an attack on supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi outside the Republican Guards headquarters in the capital.

“An armed terrorist group tried to storm the Republican Guard [building]... attacking army troops and police,” the army said in a statement, adding that one officer was killed.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Mursi hails, said police and troops attacked Mursi loyalists while they were praying.