Murder of two Muslims threatens to generate sectarian strife

31-05-2017 12:50 PM

Nader Shukry

Murder of two Muslims threatens to generate sectarian strife
A street fight which erupted yesterday in Khosous, northeast Cairo, and which resulted in the murder of two Muslim men, threatens to turn into fully-fledged sectarian strife.

The story began when a Copt in Khosous lit up a cigarette in public during the hours of the Muslim fast in Ramadan. It was before sunset, and Muslims break their fast only at sunset. Two Muslims criticised the Copt, a verbal fight followed, a crowd gathered, and the matter escalated to a street fight in which firearms were used.

The outcome was the death of two Muslims–it was not declared whether or not they were the men who first initiated the fight–and injury of three.

The police arrived at the scene of the fight and caught two Copts, the skmoker and his brother. Investigations are ongoing.

Khosous Copts fear collective retaliation against them by the town Muslims. In a sectarian incident in 2012, Khosous Muslims attacked the  Copts and killed six men.

Watani International
31 May 2017
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