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Five arrested in Luxor's 'honour killing' of three women

Egyptian security forces detain five out of 10 male relatives accused of killing three female family members in Egypt's Upper Egyptian city of Luxor

Ahram Online, AP, Friday 24 May 2013
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Security forces in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor have reportedly arrested five out of 10 male relatives accused of killing three female family members after suspecting them of having affairs.

An Egyptian security official said 10 male relatives have killed a mother and her two daughters on suspicion of moral offences — so-called "honour killings."

Head of Luxor security directorate Khaled Mamdouh told Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website that a 45-year-old company employee called Khaled had called the police to report that his mother and his two sisters had been missing, but he later withdrew the complaint, claiming the former had returned home.

The official said Friday the men suspected the three women of having affairs, and killed them to protect the family's honour. The three bodies were found in the Nile River near the ancient city of Luxor. They were wrapped in blankets and weighted with stones.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

Security forces were able to extract the body of the elder sister Friday afternoon as the search continues for the remaining two bodies.

"Honour killings" are common in Egypt, especially in the conservative southern region where women are often killed if caught in extramarital relations for bringing shame on their families.

The practice is against Egyptian law, and perpetrators are prosecuted if they are arrested.

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expat
24-05-2013 09:51pm
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the town i live in...
horror,this country really looses all what made it once a great country....you really go into competition with pakistan,whats the most backwards country????
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Kevin
24-05-2013 08:05pm
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Organized religion did this...
Disgusting, honor killings. This is acceptable in the Muslim world. Just another reason for non-Muslims to despise this so called "religion."
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um abdullah
24-05-2013 10:06pm
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there are courts in Islam too
islam specifies that no-one takes the lawinto their own hands - everything has to o to the courts to be fairly judged. Please don't make statements about Islam if you have not read the Qur'an or the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
Taz
24-05-2013 09:52pm
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Unfortunatly, it is not a Muslim practice
It is common among Coptic Christians in the sourthern region as well. It is more prominent in country's like Turkey, Armenia, Jordan, Pakistan and India. Nothing in the Quran, teachings of the prophet or the bible condone or even mention honour killing. It is more of a culture then it is of religion
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medo
24-05-2013 06:26pm
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really?
And what has happened to the 10 males who did this awful crime?
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