Suspect in Shiite killings arrested
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities arrested a man accused of killing four Shiites, Thursday, intercepting his attempt to escape to Libya, Youm7 reported.

On June 23, four Shiite Muslims were killed in a mob attack in Abu Numros village in Giza, over claims that they were spreading Shiite beliefs, BBC reported.

The suspect Hamdy Mohamed Bureik, 40, was arrested at a checkpoint 8 km away from Matrouh governorate, near the Egyptian border with Libya, a security source said on Thursday.

According to the case papers, Bureik confessed that he was illegally heading to Libya to escape the police.

One of the four Muslims killed was a Shiite leader, Hassan Shehata, and was dragged and tortured to death by the mob, BBC added.

On September 1, 2012, the spokesperson of Shiite community in Egypt Bahaa Anwar declared in a talk show that the number of Shiite Muslims in Egypt is estimated at 3 million people, Al-Wafd newspaper reported.

Sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites in Egypt was virtually unprecedented prior to this incident, and the case was met with a great deal of public inflammation.

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