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Coptic Christian brothers murdered and their bodies mutilated

Six Muslims in Egypt’s Minya Governate shot three Coptic Christian brothers, danced while murdering them and mutilated their bodies, claiming they were avenging the death of their own family member 70 years ago, according to a report.


The attackers from Jaweer village killed the three brothers — identified as Youssef Youssef Youssef, Afifi Youssef Youssef and Bushra Youssef Youssef — while they were working in an agricultural field in Ibshadat village of Mallawi district on March 1, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported Friday.

The Muslims shot them and then severed and mutilated their bodies, dancing as they committed their crime, ICC said, adding that Jaweer village from which they came also celebrated with musical instruments when they heard the news.

When the attackers returned to their village saying “Allahu Akbar” or “Allah is Greater,” they were captured and arrested by the police. They later confessed their crimes and even demonstrated how they killed the Christian brothers.

They are now standing trial for the murders of the three Christian brothers, one of whom had six children.

Some sources reported that the mutilating of the corpses suggested that the violence was linked to religious identity and mirrored the killings of the Islamic State.


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