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Egypt's army deploys troops to reinforce police

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says the military has deployed troops to the country's streets to reinforce the police, restore security and state "prestige."

The new deployment Wednesday comes in the wake of a deadly soccer riot last week that sparked violent street clashes between the police and protesters. At least 89 were killed in the week of violence.

The official MENA new agency says the military has dispatched troops to secure public and strategic installations. It says soldiers also will patrol streets and public squares.

The widely distrusted police force has come under heavy public scrutiny and heavy criticism following last week's soccer riots in Port Said.

There also has been a general deterioration of security nationwide in the past week, including bank robberies and a tourist kidnapping.

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