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July 6, 2012 6:00 am

Murder in Egypt Spreads Concern Over Rising Islamist Threat

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A mosque on the western Bank of the Suez Canal, Port Said, Egypt. Photo: wiki commons.

ABC News/AP – Egypt’s Interior Minister on Thursday tried to downplay the backgrounds of three men suspected of fatally stabbing a university student sitting with his fiance, saying they are not affiliated with Islamist parties or ideology.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim told reporters in Cairo that the men are simply “religious,” stopping short of calling them ultraconservatives or extremists.

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