(Reuters) An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted all 14 defendants, including policemen, accused of killing 17 protesters during the bloodiest day of a revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak over two years ago, judicial sources said.

The deaths in Suez City triggered violence across Egypt on what was later called “The Friday of Rage” – Jan. 28, 2011 – that fuelled an 18-day uprising against Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for 30 years.

The verdict could add to tensions in Egypt, which has been gripped by a political crisis since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

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