Canadian 7-year-old killed by younger brother

Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:19am EST
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A five-year-old boy in the Western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, stabbed his seven-year-old brother to death in a family squabble earlier this week but will not face charges, media reports said.

The Edmonton Journal reported that the older brother died of stab wounds to the chest after a fight between the two children on Sunday.

Under Canadian law, the boy is too young to face charges.

Reports said the children's parents were Iraqi Kurds who came to Canada as refugees 15 years ago. They have not commented on the incident publicly.

(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Peter Galloway)