Egypt Police Deny Islamists Behind Student Murder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Minister says three men suspected of fatally stabbing a university student sitting with his fiance are "religious," but are not affiliated with Islamist parties or ideology.

However, photographs of the suspects show that one of the men has the mustache-less beard of ultraconservative Salafi Muslims, who follow a strict interpretation of Islam.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said that police detained and questioned the three men on Thursday. He said they admitted attacking 20-year-old Ahmed Hussein Eid during a scuffle over how he was sitting with his fiance in a quiet park in the Red Sea city of Suez.

The June 25 attack has alarmed Egyptians concerned that the rise of Islamists may be emboldening vigilantes trying to enforce strict religious mores in the streets, including separation of the sexes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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