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Egypt's Morsi, Qandil denounce Shia killings
Investigations by prosecutors have already started in the Giza village where 4 Shia Muslims were killed on Sunday
Ahram Online, Monday 24 Jun 2013
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Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, left, meets with the PM, Hesham Qandil, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Photo; Reuters)

The Egyptian president’s office released a statement on Monday denouncing the killing of four Shia Muslims in a Giza village on Sunday, saying that "the state will not be lenient with anyone who tampers with Egypt's security or the unity of its people."

An angry mob in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam, allegedly led by Salafist sheikhs, attacked the houses of Shia residents, lynching four men, including a prominent Shia figure.

The president’s office said in an official statement that relevant state agencies will bring those who committed this crime to justice.

The statement also said that the criminal incident which led to the "death of Egyptian citizens" contradicts with the "spirit of tolerance and respect of the Egyptian people."

In addition, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil also released a statement on Monday saying that the incident contradicts all "religious doctrines."

Qandil also expressed his rejection of any hate speech, or incitement of violence and sedition in society.

Meanwhile, the semi-governmental Egyptian National Council for Human Rights issued on Sunday a statement denouncing the killings of Zawyat Abu Musalam village.

''The recent events are incompatible to the values of society as represented in the Egyptian constitution,'' the statement said.

The council has recommended quick action to arrest those who participated in the lynching and murdering of Shias. It also recommended that religious and national figures adopt an enlightening rhetoric to spread the spirit of citizenship and denounce secularism.

Egypt's prosecution has issued arrest warrants for 15 people accused of involvement in Sunday's incident, reported Ahram’s Arabic language website.

Investigations are continuing, with officials visiting the crime scene and hearing the testimony of over 20 witnesses so far. 





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Adel
27-06-2013 05:16am
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There is always 2 sides to every story
Although I do not like people taking law into their own hands. Hasan Shehata & his followers were no angels. He used to insult & mocked Prophet Muhammad (saw) wives and call her disbeliever and hellbound and other accusations which understandably will make average muslim's blood boil. Why is it only the other side extremism that is being told here and as if there was no provocation from those who were killed? Was he & his followers moderate? No. The government should punish the killers & extremist shias like Hasan.
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Mahmoud
25-06-2013 11:29am
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Munafiqun
The salafis in the Muslim countries are in the pay the USA and Israel, they are financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia. According to you why the mufti salafi of Saudi Arabia calls up to the jihad in Syria but not against Israel, which is the real enemy of the Muslims, which oppresses our Palestinian brothers? Salafis gives a very bad view about islam and help the sionism to hate islam in the world. The Salafis-Munafiqun are our ennemies and ennemies of real Islam.
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aboujafar
25-06-2013 12:54am
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It should be the other way around
The Salafiya are the real problem of Egypt and Al Azhar should take an active role of ridding Egypt of their presence. Just look at the mischief that they are creating already. It's only a matter of time before they start attacking Muslims that don't agree with their extremist views and their lopsided "understanding" of Islam.
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Sam Enslow
24-06-2013 04:05pm
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What is important?
Those being investigated for "insulting the president" and/or "insulting religion" are jailed while being investigated. Will the Salafi clerics who incited people to murder Egyptians and those who actually did the crimes wait in jail while being investigated? I doubt it. The fact they will remain free shows Morsy's concern.
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melkamu
24-06-2013 03:43pm
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these are the real problems facing Egypt
this sectarian violence facing the now Egypt is the real problems that the government has to give a real answers by respecting the humanity ,dignity of all peoples by prevailing democracy and by respecting the maritayers of Tharir squeer,whom died for the equality of all Egyptians,by answering such questions the democratic Egypt will be born out of the revolution,for us(black Africans)this process is not new we did it agine and agine, then most of us we got at list good governments and democracy and election
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