Egyptian security officials said that a university student was fatally stabbed as his girlfriend looked on after three suspected Islamic militants confronted the couple and told them they should not be together in public.
The killing is fuelling fears that vigilante groups are seeking to strictly enforce Islamic teachings, emboldened by the election of an Islamist president.The student, 20-year-old Ahmed Hussein Eid, was with his girlfriend in a quiet park in the city of Suez, a favourite spot for romantic rendezvous.
The killing followed murders of two musicians, also by suspected militants. Security officials said that there was no evidence to link the assailants to any of the main Islamic groups in Egypt. They spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.