Egypt PM Condemns 'Heinous' Attack on 4 Shiites


Egypt's prime minister, Hesham Qandil, on Monday condemned the "heinous" attack against Shiites in a village south of Cairo which left four dead and several injured, the cabinet said in a statement.

Qandil "strongly condemns the ugly incident ... which resulted in the death of four Egyptian citizens," the cabinet said.

"This heinous crime is incompatible with the principles and teachings of all heavenly religions, and contrary to the nature of religious tolerance in Egypt," he said.

On Sunday, four Egyptian Shiite Muslims were killed when they were attacked by a hostile mob in the village of Abu Mussalem in the Giza province.

A house where the minority Shiites were meeting was surrounded by residents who told them to get out.

When they refused, a crowd of several hundred people stormed the building and killed four Shiites and injured several others.

The attack comes following weeks of toxic anti-Shiite rhetoric in the media and from Sunni Islamist leaders.

Qandil expressed his "categorical rejection of hate speech and incitement to violence" and said investigations were underway and that those responsible would be held accountable.

He said authorities would "ensure that the perpetrators be brought to justice to serve as an example to deter anyone thinking of tampering with the fabric of society."

Shiites are estimated as a tiny fraction of Egypt's population of 84-million, most of them Sunni Muslim.

Comments 7
Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 14:33

Good, this is what they get for being iranian traitors with links to iran & hezballah

Default-user-icon mona (Guest) 24 June 2013, 21:40

Did you forgot that Eygpt was all shiat under the fatemy time .you discussed me .you are all Muslem

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 15:13

the blame here is on sectarian attacks and rhetoric by hizbollaat on sunnis all over the Arab world and in particular Syria.

Missing allouchi 24 June 2013, 15:53

Innocent people shouldn't be harmed...may they rest in peace...

Default-user-icon Rob mac Gregor (Guest) 24 June 2013, 21:01

True Muslims do not kill shite, Sunnis,Christians or any other religious group.
Whatever your religious beliefs are, no one has the right to play god.
wake up and help one another prosper and know the grave waits for all of us sooner or later.
Don't rush

Missing mansour 24 June 2013, 22:18

mohammad the only person to blame is the backward religion that you worship that doesnt accept anyother religion!
Long Live The Syrian Civil War!

Missing peace 25 June 2013, 10:42

your comment shows that you are no better than those you spit at....same hatred, same basic and empty small as a green pea too!