In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 photo, Tareq Bedeir, al Gamaa Islamiya's leader in Assiut speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, at the el-Gamaayah el-Sharaayah mosque also used as Gamaa... more 
In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 photo, Tareq Bedeir, al Gamaa Islamiya's leader in Assiut speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, at the el-Gamaayah el-Sharaayah mosque also used as Gamaa Islamiya's headquarters, in Assiut, southern Egypt. The Gamaa says its move is in response to a strike last week by some of the police in Assiut. The group unilaterally declared it would set up “popular committees” to carry out security duties in the police's absence. Riding on motorbikes and waving banners, hundreds of Gamaa supporters toured the city last week to assure residents that the group was capable of maintaining law and order if the strike continues or spreads. “We decided that unless the police return to its job, we will have no choice but to take over its duties with our modest capabilities until things return to normal,” Bedeir said. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Nariman El-Mofty
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 2:10 PM EDT