AFRICA/EGYPT - A Coptic Orthodox nun killed by stray bullets

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 violence

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - It was not a targeted attack, but a tragic accident that caused the death of Sister Athanasia, the Coptic Orthodox nun killed yesterday, Tuesday, July 5, while she was traveling on board of a car, on the road connecting Cairo to Alexandria, heading towards the monastery of Mar Girgis in Khatatba. The vehicle in which the nun was travelling with the driver and two of her sisters - says an official statement released by the monastery of Mar Girgis in Cairo - was involved in a shooting in progress on the road between two local family clans. A few stray bullets reached the car, causing the death of Sister Athanasia.
Initially - reports the statement, sent to Fides – journalists spoke of a terrorist plot against the nuns’ car, but was later denied and the police forces operating in Guizeh are implementing the research to trace those responsible for the murder. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 06/07/2016)

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