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Suspected ‘honor’ killings claim 3

LUXOR, Egypt — A mother and two daughters were allegedly killed by male relatives in southern Egypt who believed they had affairs, the latest apparent example of ‘‘honor killings’’ in which women are slain for violating traditional morals in the conservative region, a security official said Friday.

Police say 10 men stormed the house of the women, strangling them and beating them with sharp tools, the official said, based on the alleged confession of one of the suspects. The men wrapped the women’s bodies in blankets, weighted them with stones, and threw them in the NileRiver, the official added.

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He said one of the men, arrested on Thursday, gave a detailed account of the killings and said they were intended to protect the family’s honor.

One woman’s body was seen floating on the surface of the Nile near the town of Esna close to the ancient city of Luxor, the official added. Police are searching for the two other bodies and nine remaining suspects.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Egyptian papers frequently recount incidents in which fathers, brothers, or sons kill their female relatives on suspicions that they are having affairs outside of marriage.

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