In Cairo, one family’s story shows rise of radical threat

The wife (L) and other family members of Fahmy Abdel Raouf, who was killed with his 13-year-old son in a gun battle with security forces, sit in their flat in the Matariya area of Cairo, April 13, 2014

(Reuters) – Fahmy Abdel Raouf and his 13-year old son had been missing for months when their family got word they had been killed in a gun battle with security forces and hailed as “martyrs” by the most dangerous militant group in Egypt.

“If his intention was jihad, I hope God accepts his deed,” said Abdel Raouf’s wife, dressed head-to-toe in black with only her eyes visible behind a conservative Islamic face veil as she spoke at their family home in Cairo.

The story of the father and son from a working class neighborhood of Cairo offers a glimpse into the militant threat facing Egypt, which has increased dramatically since the army overthrew Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi last year…

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