AFRICA/EGYPT - After the jihadist threat, two Coptic Christians killed in Sinai

Thursday, 23 February 2017 oriental churches   jihadists   persecutions   terrorism  

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Two Coptic Christians were found murdered on Wednesday, February 22 in North Sinai peninsula, after a video message announcing new attacks presumably by Jihadists against the Christian community had been spread in past days on the network and claimed the massacre of Christians on December 11 in Botrosiya church, in the complex of church buildings adjacent to the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, which had caused the death of 29 people.
According to information attributed by the media to anonymous sources of the security apparatus, the bodies of the two murdered Copts were found at dawn on February 22 near a school in al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai. The two men killed, according to some agencies, are Hana Saad, 65, and his son Medhat, 45. It is believed that the body had a gunshot wound to the head, while the corpse of the second was burned.
With the last two victims, the list of the Copts killed in Sinai in the last two weeks goes up to 6. On February 12, masked killers on a motorbike killed a Christian veterinarian while he was driving his car, in al-Arish, where at the end of January another Christian of 35 years of age was also murdered.
After the spread of the video message with the new threats to Christians, the University of al Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest religious and cultural center, had issued a statement which announced the imminent end of the jihadi group, and indicated new attacks against Christians as an attempt to trigger sectarian conflict to seek new followers. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 23/02/2017)


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