Death in The Mosque

23 are killed as Egyptian police stage raids against Muslim militants

THE TOURIST CITY OF ASWAN WAS ALREADY TENSE following the murder of two policemen. Then, acting on a tip that antigovernment militants were secretly assembling, security forces surrounded the city's al-Rahman Mosque. Gunfire suddenly pierced the night and continued for hours. When it was over, 14 had been killed, including a policeman. Eight coordinated raids in the Cairo area and one north of the capital produced more shoot-outs and more casualties: a total of 23 dead and 46 injured, the highest toll since the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981.

Coincidentally, 49 Muslim militants who have been charged with attacks on...

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