Fear of assassinations haunt Egypt opposition

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Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:17 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

CAIRO (AP) - Watching the events in Tunisia, where a leading anti-Islamist politician was shot to death this past week, members of Egypt's liberal opposition are fearfully asking: Could it happen here too?

Their fears of a renegade Islamist attack on any of the top opposition leaders have been hiked by religious edicts issued by hardline clerics on TV saying they must be killed. But even before those edicts, activists have been worried by signs they say show that ruling Islamists are starting to target their ranks - disappearances of activists from protests, telephone death threats, warnings from security officials.

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