Another man killed by torture

While looking for more info about today's bombing, I saw this item:

CAIRO, April 30 (Reuters) - The cousin of an Egyptian man wanted in connection with a bombing in Cairo this month has died in police custody, police sources said on Saturday.

Mohamed Suleiman Youssef, 40, was the cousin of Ashraf Said Youssef, identified by the Interior Ministry as the fugitive who recruited the bomber who killed two French people, an American man and himself in a Cairo bazaar on April 7.

The police sources, who asked not to be named, said police sent the man's body back to his village north of Cairo for burial. The man was a primary school teacher in the north Cairo suburb of Shubra al-Khaima, where the bomber also lived.

Friends of the man went to the village to pay condolences to his family but found no one at home, one friend said. Two of the dead man's brothers are also in custody, he added.

The circumstances of Youssef's death were unclear and a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said he had no information about the case.


And then they wonder why there are more bombings...
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