In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 photo, Tareq Bedeir, al Gamaa Islamiya's leader in Assiut, removes a poster before attending Asr, afternoon prayer, 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. The poster top left, in Arabic reads, "call, for all those who want to join popular committees."(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 photo, Tareq Bedeir, al Gamaa Islamiya's leader in Assiut, removes a poster before attending Asr, afternoon prayer, 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. The poster top left, in Arabic reads, "call, for all those who want to join popular committees."(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2013 photo, Tareq Bedeir, al Gamaa Islamiya's leader in Assiut, removes a poster before attending Asr, afternoon prayer, 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. The poster top left, in Arabic reads, "call, for all those who want to join popular committees."(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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