Coptic Christian priest shot, killed by unknown assailants in North Sinai

Published June 30th, 2016 - 02:31 GMT
Egyptian Coptic Christians at a Christmas mass in Cairo. (AFP/File)
Egyptian Coptic Christians at a Christmas mass in Cairo. (AFP/File)

A Coptic Christian priest was killed earlier Thursday in North Sinai, Egypt's interior ministry announced.

Reverand Rofael Moussa, the priest of St George Church in Al-Arish, was killed early morning, shot down by a group of unknown assailants, the ministry said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon.

Moussa was fixing his car when he was shot, the statement added.

The murder and gunmen are currently being investigated by authorities.

The Egyptian Orthodox Church mourned the slain priest and condemned his murder.

In July 2013, following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, gunmen also killed another Coptic Christian priest in Al-Arish.

Egypt's security forces are fighting a decade-long Islamist insurgency in parts of North Sinai, which has spiked since 2013.

Christian citizens in North Sinai have been a target for militants, especially in Al-Arish. 


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