Report: Egypt police arrest eight over Shi'ite killings

By REUTERS
June 25, 2013 13:01

CAIRO - Egyptian police have arrested eight people over the killing of five Shi'ite Muslims in a Cairo suburb, state media said on Tuesday, after footage of the attack spread on the Internet, heightening fears of sectarian violence.

The lynching of the Shi'ites occurred in the tense run-up to the first anniversary of Mohamed Morsi's election as president on June 30, with the opposition promising mass protests against him and the army warning both sides it will step in if need be.

The suspects are accused of killing the five, who had come to Cairo for a religious festival, and mutilating their bodies by dragging them through the streets.


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