AFRICA/EGYPT - Kidnappings continue to the detriment of the Copts, a dentist kidnapped killed

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Assiut (Agenzia Fides) – Ehab Karam - a Coptic dentist was killed on Tuesday, September 23 in the province of Assiut, Upper Egypt, after he was abducted by unknown persons, probably for ransom. Karam had been stopped by the kidnappers while he was going home, he had a dentist office in the town of el-Badari.
The scourge of kidnapping perpetrated against members of the Coptic community continues to claim victims in all of Egypt, with a concentration in Upper Egypt and in particular in the region of Assiut, where in some villages on the banks of the Nile, Christians in the past were also sometimes forced to pay sums of money "in advance" under the threat of violent reprisals. Last February, Egyptian security forces had carried out a large-scale operation in the city of Assiut to dismantle an organized crime network that for months had been organizing kidnappings, robberies and extortion against the local Coptic community. "Unfortunately – says to Fides Agency the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Assiut, Kyrillos William - the phenomenon continues and there are no signs of improvement. Police operations are episodic and ineffective, they are unable to solve the problem". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 25/09/2014)