Clashes between Muslims and Christians in downtown Cairo on Sunday night left at least 24 people dead, including three Egyptian military police officers, in one of the worst incidents of sectarian violence since a revolution in February toppled Egypt’s former regime.

Thousands of mostly Christian protesters armed with Molotov cocktails and rocks clashed with several hundred military police officers who were guarding the Nile River-side state-television building, witnesses said.

Soldiers charged the protesters with armored cars, running over several people before a group of several hundred men, thought to be from a nearby neighborhood, Maspero, joined the riot on the side of the military. At least 183 people were injured, state television reported.

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