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nursaay, July *7, 1977
Moslem cultists murder
former Egyptian minister

CAIRO (AP) - Pol
1S members of a Mosl
advocating "sacred terr
terday in the assassinat
former Egyptian relig
fairs minister who had
stamp out their sect.
Police said the deco
body of Sheik Mohamed
was found in a shabby
Cairo's nightclub distr
the Giza pyramids with
wrapped around bis h
. neck. An Interior
spokesperson said he h
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a pistol.
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ice held that he had been strangled, but
em cult the Ministry said determination
or" yes- of the exact cause of death
ion of a would have to await an autop-
ious af- sy,
tried to Police arrested three young
men in a hideout near the one-
)mposing story villa where the body was
d Zahabi found, the Ministry said. It said
house in one of the three, a bricklayer
ict nea named Moustafa Abdul Maasood
a scarf Ghazy, admitted under question-
ead and ing that he had carried out the
Ministry actual killing.
ad been Medical examiners said 64-
ye with year-old Zahabi, minister for 19
months until last November, was
killed Monday night, almost 40
reports hours after he was dragged
from his home and shortly aft-
er a second deadline set by his
captors. They had demanded a
half million dollars and the re-
lease of 60 jailed sect members.
-5955 A WITNESS said Zahabi was
found lying on a bed and still
wearing the white nightshirt in
which he was kidnaped. The
witness said the stench of death
was overpowering in the small,
hot room.
The three suspects, all univer-
sity dropouts under 21, were
identified as members of the
outlawed "Jamat al-Tafkser
wal-Hirja," literally the socie-
ty for atonement and flight from
evil. The society, formed in 1966,
advocates "sacred terror" to
overthrow secular rule and es-
tablish a strict Moslem state.
Zahabi had worked hard as
religious affairs minister to
stamp out the cult, and it was
evidently this campaign that
marked him as the group's first
known kidnap victim.
IN THE WAKE of the kidnap-
ing Sunday, authorities launched
a nationwide crackdown against
the society, arresting 130 mem-
bers and uncovering caches of
automatic weapons and explo-
sives, complete kidnaping plans
and religious tracts, the Interior
Ministry said.
Of the 130, 15 played a leading
role in the Zahazi kidnaping, the
ministry said. Nine were univer-
sity students or dropouts and
the other included a former po-
lice major, a taxi driver, a sec-
ond-hand book peddler and sev-
eral unemployed youths.
The government of President
Anwar-Sadat condemned the kid-
nap-slaying as a "base criminal
act that is totally divorced from
all Islamic and Egyptian moral
THE STATEMENT, carried by
the official Middle East News
Agency, added: "The criminals
will not escape the harsh pun-
ishment of the law."
Zahabi's funeral was set for
Thursday at the 1,000-year-old
Azhar Mosque. Police sources
said his wife and daughter were
hospitalized suffering from emi-
tional shock.
Although religious fervor has
led to sporadic outbursts of vio-
lence here over the past three
decades, kidnaping with religi-
ous and political overtones is
POLICE SAID they found the
body after catching a courier
who tried to swallow a note
reading, "Merchandise should
be covered with mint leaves,
sprayed with ammonia and mov-
ed away in a cart for burial."
Under police interrogation, the
courier led them to the villa.
The reported time of Zahabi's
_ death.Monday placed it shoty
after a second deadline set by
extremists, who had demanded
$500,000 and release of 60 sect
members from jail.

Wher David had open heart surgery
not long ago, he needed six vital
units of blood, type o Neg. All of it
was obtained, processed and pro-
vided by the Red Cross blood center.
We're not the heroes of this
lifesaving story (the six wonderful
blood donors should get the med-
als). But we (and other voluntary
blood centers) do need your con-
tinued support. Blood, you know,
doesn't grow on trees. It comes from
donors. Uke you. And we
need more people like
you. Call your Red Cross
or other voluntary blood
center soon. Please.

The Good Neighbor.


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