World Bulletin/News Desk
The family of an Egyptian soldier killed in a recent "militant" attack suspects foul play in light of the slain man's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.
Moaz Assaf was killed earlier this week, along with five other soldiers, in what authorities describe as a "militant" attack that targeted their vehicle on the road linking the Ismailia and Sharqiya provinces.
But his family says that the army's version of the story raises questions about the alleged attack.
"We have questions as to how the soldiers went out without arms or protection, despite the army's so-called 'war on terror'," Moaz's brother, Ahmed, told Anadolu Agency.
"We also found cuts on Moaz' body, along with traces of beating, in addition to the gunshot wounds," he added.
Ahmed confirmed that his brother had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, going on to speculate that had been the cause of his death.
"My brother was performing his duty to the nation," he said.
"The whole family belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood," he added. "We aren't afraid to announce our position; we support [democratic] legitimacy and reject the coup."
Ahmed said that the family might take the issue to court. "We will present all documents to the family's lawyer before taking the next step," he said.
"My brother's blood should not be spilt in vain," Ahmed asserted. "The truth must be revealed."
"Militant" attacks on army and police personnel and facilities have been on the rise since Morsi's July 3 ouster by the country's powerful military establishment.
The Egyptian army is currently carrying out what military experts are calling the biggest military operation in the Sinai Peninsula since Egypt's 1973 war with Israel with the stated aim of combating "militancy and terrorism."Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2013, 14:38