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Egypt jails 23 men over killing of Shiite Muslims

Eight others were acquitted of the charges of killing, attempted murder and of setting fire to a house, sources said

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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 23 men to 14 years in jail without parole over the killing of four Shi'ite Muslims in 2013, judicial sources said.

Eight others were acquitted of the charges of killing, attempted murder and of setting fire to a house, the sources said.

The four Shiites, who included a prominent Egyptian Shiite cleric, were killed in June 2013 when a mob stormed a house in a small village near Cairo. The mob had been angered by the performance of a Shiite religious ceremony in mainly Sunni Muslim Egypt.