Egypt quietly buries soldiers killed in clashes

The Army said it hasn`t released the exact number of troops killed in Sunday`s clashes to preserve troop morale.

Updated: Oct 12, 2011, 20:53 PM IST

Cairo: An Egyptian military official says the army has quietly buried at least three soldiers killed during clashes with mostly Coptic Christian protesters.

The official says the soldiers` funerals were low-key to avoid heightening tensions in the country.

Egypt`s state MENA news agency quotes the unnamed military official as saying the soldiers` burials took place Wednesday.

The military official says the army hasn`t released the exact number of troops killed in Sunday`s clashes to preserve troop morale. The rioting left at least 26 dead, mostly Christian protesters.

It was the worst violence since Hosni Mubarak`s ouster in February. During the uprising, the military, intent on preserving its strong image, did not disclose its losses.

Bureau Report