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Egypt state newspaper calls out president following shooting

January 26, 2015 GMT
The coffin of  Shaimaa el-Sabagh is carried out of the Zenhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, activists mourned the death of el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolt. Activists blame police for the death and the government says it is investigating. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper)  ** EGYPT OUT**
The coffin of  Shaimaa el-Sabagh is carried out of the Zenhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, activists mourned the death of el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolt. Activists blame police for the death and the government says it is investigating. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper)  ** EGYPT OUT**
The coffin of  Shaimaa el-Sabagh is carried out of the Zenhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, activists mourned the death of el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolt. Activists blame police for the death and the government says it is investigating. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper)  ** EGYPT OUT**
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The coffin of Shaimaa el-Sabagh is carried out of the Zenhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, activists mourned the death of el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolt. Activists blame police for the death and the government says it is investigating. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) ** EGYPT OUT**
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The coffin of Shaimaa el-Sabagh is carried out of the Zenhom morgue in Cairo, Egypt early Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. On the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, activists mourned the death of el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother of one from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, who was shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the revolt. Activists blame police for the death and the government says it is investigating. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) ** EGYPT OUT**

CAIRO (AP) — In an unusually critical column, the chairman of Egypt’s state-run daily Al-Ahram newspaper has specifically called out the country’s president as being responsible for protecting the public after the shooting death of a protester.

The front-page piece by Ahmed Sayed el-Naggar, published Monday, focused on the killing of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, shot dead Saturday on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Witness testimony and online video strongly suggest police shot the woman dead. Authorities say they are investigating.

The editorial blamed overzealous police, empowered by wide-ranging laws criminalizing protests, for killing the protester. It also said finding justice after el-Sabbagh’s death primarily “rests on the shoulders” of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a rare, direct criticism of a man largely lionized in Egyptian media.