Coptic priest gunned down by ISIS in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Coptic priest gunned down by ISIS in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Coptic Christians walk outside St. Markos Church in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. On June 30, 2016, a Coptic priest was shot and killed in the Sinai Peninsula, an act for which ISIS claimed responsibility. (Credit: AP Photo/Roger Anis, File.)

ISIS has clEL-ARISH, Egypt – Egyptian officials say a Coptic Christian priest and two members of the country’s security forces have been killed by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula’s turbulent north.

They say the priest, 46-year-old Raphael Moussa, was gunned down while walking in the city of el-Arish on Thursday. He died instantly after being shot in the head.

Moussa had earlier left a church in the area where he attended Mass, said Boulos Halim, a church spokesman. Christian clerics in the past have been targeted by militants in Sinai.

Another Coptic priest, Mina Aboud, was shot and killed on July 6, 2013, shortly after the Egyptian military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, an act that triggered bloody conflicts across the country and a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement.aimed responsibility for the shooting death of a priest of the Coptic Church, a branch of Orthodoxy that’s the largest More here.

H/t: David Reaboi

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