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Sunday, 16 November, 1997, 12:23 GMT
Egypt: Cleric Bans Bullfight

The Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Nasr Farid Wassel is reported to have issued an edict or fatwa warning people against organising or attending bullfights.

Details of the fatwa were published in the Egyptian government newspaper Al Ahram.

It also stated that eating meat from bulls killed at a fight was contrary to Islam.

The fatwa was issued a few days before a bullfight is due to be held at a private club in a Cairo suburb.

An club official told the French news agency he did not know what would happen as a result of the fatwa.

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