Twenty-year-old engineering student Ahmed Said was stabbed to death on Sunday by bearded men in the Egyptian canal city of Suez while walking with his fiancée.
In Suez, where the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour party won the largest number of votes in last year's parliamentary polls, Said was attacked by three men with long beards and dressed in galabiyas – garb generally associated with religious Muslims – while walking with his fiancée near the centrally-located Arbeen Square.
"They shouted at him, demanding to know his relationship with the woman he was with," Said's father said in video testimony currently circulating on social-media networks. "And he replied that it was none of their business."
Provoked by Said's reaction, one of the men then reportedly stabbed him between his legs. The young man was then taken to Suez Hospital for treatment before being transferred to a hospital in nearby Ismailiya where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
The victim’s brother told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that this was not the first time for such an incident to occur in Suez.
"Another man was attacked earlier for refusing to divulge details of his relationship with the woman he was with, who turned out to be his wife," he said.
The head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s administrative office, for his part, condemned the act, referring to the culprits as "outlaws" and calling for a thorough investigation of the incident.