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2 more charged in Michigan genital mutilation research

DETROIT – Two men have been charged in Detroit in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation of girls in an Islamic sect.

Prosecutors filed conspiracy and other charges against Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, the owner of one of the suburbs of Detroit clinic where the alleged procedures were carried out in February on two girls from Minnesota. His wife, Farida Attar, was also arrested and charged on Friday.

Investigators say the couple knew Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was performing genital mutilation on the Livonia clinic after office hours. Farida Attar is accused of helping Nagarwala.

The Attars will appear in court Friday. It is not known if they have lawyers who can respond to the allegations. Nagarwala’s lawyer has said she performed a religious ritual, genital mutilation of women.

The Attars and Nagarwala belong to a sect called the Dawoodi Bohra.

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