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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya figure killed after land dispute

Ahram Online, Tuesday 14 Oct 2014
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A former leading figure within the armed wing of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya was killed on Tuesday in an act of revenge by relatives of a man he had allegedly killed following a dispute.

Gamal Fargali, a leading figure in the armed wing of the Islamist group in the 1990s, was killed in Upper Egypt, according to head of Assiut security directorate Tarek Nasr.

Nasr said Fargali was killed by relatives of a man he had killed almost a month ago over a disagreement about a piece of land.

He added that Fargali was formerly a key member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya’s armed wing and had been accused of killing Christians in Assiut in 1991.

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya was actively involved in militant violence in Egypt in the 1990s, killing hundreds of police and armed forces and dozens of foreign tourists in their attacks.

The leaders of the group renounced violence in 2003 and the group became a political player after the 2011 revolution that brought down longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.

The Islamist group and its political party, the Building and Development Party, were close allies of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, and played a key role in the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, which calls for the reinstatement of Morsi following his ouster in 2013.

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