Egyptians fearful over morality killing

Last Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 14:34

Cairo: A young man in Egypt was reportedly stabbed to death after a group of ‘morality police’ men found him walking at night with his fiancée.

Ahmad Hussain, 20, an engineering student, was walking with his fiancée in a street in the Egyptian coastal city of Suez at night when three suspected Muslim militants stopped the couple and reproached them for being out alone.

When Ahmad lashed back at the trio for being “nosey”, one of them reportedly stabbed him and fled with the two others on a motorbike.

According to Gulf News, the group calling itself “The Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” said in an online statement that three of its Suez vigilantes were involved in the incident, but faulted the victim for “provoking” them.

The anonymous group said it would open an inquiry into the fatal attack but the statement could not be verified.

Hussain was taken to a local hospital where he died later, triggering fears across Egypt that vigilante groups are out to enforce a stricter version of the Sharia (law) in the predominantly Muslim country.

“My son did nothing wrong to be killed in this brutal way. Ahmad was escorting his fiancée to her home,” his father said, following a mass funeral in Suez.

The distraught father vowed not to accept condolences for his son’s death until the killers are arrested and punished, while the victim’s fiancée told the Egyptian police that the attackers were bearded and clad in Afghan-like traditional costumes.


First Published: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 14:34
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