BBC—Four Egyptian Shia Muslims have been killed in a mob attack in a village near the capital Cairo, officials say.
The attack on Sunday targeted a house where a group of Shia worshippers had gathered for a religious ceremony.
The attackers accused those gathered of trying to spread Shia beliefs, reports say.
Shia Muslims are a small minority in predominantly Sunni Muslim Egypt, but anti-Shia rhetoric has increased recently due to the conflict in Syria.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that an anti-Shia crowd numbering at least several hundred formed around the house.
The mob then reportedly demanded the Shia leave the house before storming it and trying to set it alight.
Images from the incident show the victims being dragged through the streets.
One of those killed was a local Shia leader, Hassan Shehata, officials say.
Eight others were injured in the attack, according to security sources.
A health ministry spokesman told Egypt's Mena news agency that the bodies "showed numerous puncture wounds and severe bruising".
One eyewitness, Hazem Barakat, told the Ahram newspaper that police stood by and did nothing to stop the attack. (Continue Reading.)
Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunni Mob Murders Four Shias in Egypt
The U.S. government helped the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt. Now our government is helping Al Qaeda take over Syria. The only positive side to the carnage that's coming is that the world will finally see the effects of Islam on previously secular governments.