CAIRO, June 13 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian policeman was shot dead here on Friday after dispersing a small protest staged by supporters of the ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, the interior ministry said in a statement.
The police officer was shot in the chest from a rooftop while taking an arrested protestor into a police vehicle, the statement said.
About 50 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, staged the protest at one of Maadi neighborhood in southern Cairo.
Since Morsi's removal by the military last July, his supporters have been regularly staging such protests, especially on Fridays, Egypt's weekends, despite a massive security crackdown that left about 1,000 killed and thousands of others arrested over the past 10 months.
But recently, pro-Morsi protests are diminishing due to mounting security measures in the country.
Ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's removal, was elected president late last month. The new president won nearly 97 percent of votes in a landslide victory against his sole leftist rival Hamdeen Sabahy in a three-day election.