El-Arish: Sixteen Russians and Moldovans who killed the Egyptian smuggler who was going to help slip them across the border into Israel have been detained in Egypt, a security official said on Sunday.
Some of the would-be migrants attacked and fatally
stabbed smuggler Massud Salim, 31, after he attempted to rape
one of the female members of the group, the official said.
The group of 12 men and four women then handed themselves
over to Egyptian police, fearing a revenge attack by Salim`s
family, the official added.
The migrants had paid Salim around USD 1,000 each to take
them into Israel where they were going to look for employment,
they told police during questioning.
On Friday, Egyptian police shot and killed a Sudanese man
as he tried to cross the porous border into Israel, raising to
31 the number of migrants killed on the border since the
beginning of the year -- 26 of them by Egyptian police.
The border has become a major trafficking route for
African migrants seeking jobs and for eastern European women
headed for the sex trade.