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Several hundred Egyptians also performed the funeral prayer for the absent, a special rite for the dead in the absence of a body.

The Egyptian protesters then marched toward the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, chanting “Osama is not a terrorist. He is a martyr” and “Obama you are a liar, Osama’s blood won’t be in vain.”

One lifted a banner reading: “Al-Azhar, Islamic scholars and millions of Muslims condemn throwing the body of the martyr mujahid (holy warrior) Osama bin Laden into the sea.”