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Mo. student gives more details on arrest in Cairo


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An American student arrested during protests in Cairo says he feared for his life after he was taken into custody by four or five people in plain clothes.

Nineteen-year-old Derrik Sweeney tells The Associated Press in a Sunday interview via Skype that the evening started peacefully in Tahrir Square, where protesters have been gathering for more than a week.

He says he and others later wandered through the streets to the Interior Ministry but fled when shots were fired.

Sweeney says four or five "plain clothes Egyptians" then offered to lead the students to safety. He says they followed but found themselves taken into custody, beaten and threatened with guns.

Sweeney and the other two students flew back to the U.S. on Saturday after a court ordered them released.

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