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Prosecution investigating killing of two brothers in New Year's Eve attack on liquor store in Giza
2018-01-02
[AlAhram] Egyptian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the Monday morning deadly attack on a liquor store in Giza's Omraneya neighborhood, which left two killed murdered.

According to initial police investigations, a masked gunman driving a Tuk Tuk opened fire on the liquor store killing the brothers Ashraf Boules Azer and Adel Boules Azer, before fleeing the scence.

It is not yet clear whether the brothers owned or worked at the store.

The motive for the attack, which took place on New Year's eve, the busiest night of the year for liquor stores, also remains unclear.

Ashraf died at the scene, while Adel died of his injuries at Om al-Masryeen Hosptial in Giza.

Police detectives have been interviewing witnesses, examining surveillance cameras on nearby buildings and along the escape route in an effort to identify the suspects and establish the facts of the incident.

Liquor stores in Egypt are typically owned by Christians. The stores and their owners have been the target of various attacks in the past.
The Times of Israel adds:
A gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early on Monday, judicial and security sources said, the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority.

An assailant rode up in the back of a cycle of violence taxi and opened fire on the liquor store in Cairo’s twin city Giza at around 1:30 a.m., when the streets were still bustling with New Year revelers, the sources said.

The store’s Coptic owner survived but two of his friends who were celebrating with him were killed.

Liquor stores, most of which are run by Copts, have come under attack in the past by hard-line Moslems who believe they should be banned. On January 2 last year, a Moslem slit the throat of a Coptic liquor store owner in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. The assailant was sentenced to death after telling the court that he would kill all alcohol sellers if he could.
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