Coptic Christian shot dead at work in Egypt

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A young Coptic man, identified as Rani Raafat, has been shot dead by four unidentified men in the city of Dabaa, Egypt. The suspects stormed the victim’s shop, shot him in the head several times, which led to his death.

Also, they burnt his car before they left. Another man, Serif Rashad, reportedly sustained a gunshot injury.

The father of the deceased, Raafat Nour, was quoted as saying, “I was at home in Dabaa, and a phone call came to my son to open the shop to receive goods for agricultural supplies in a project he works in the afternoon. I later received a phone call of the death of my son. When I went to the store, I found him dead and lying on the ground, overwhelmed in own his blood.

“My son had a problem in December 2021, and was beaten with a shotgun. The accused was arrested and imprisoned. We sat with his family, and they promised us that the matter would be over, and my son was transferred from El Dabaa High School to a school in Burj Al Arab… I only want to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable, and to take the right of my son through the judiciary.”

International Christian Concern (ICC) had earlier reported that in early April, 2022, a 56-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest of Alexandria, Arsanious Wadid, from the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Paul in Moharm Bek district, was stabbed multiple times in the neck.  He died en route to the hospital.

ICC president, Jeff King said, “We have seen a second major incident in just a few weeks. We are watching Egypt closely to see if these are warning signs of a more challenging future for Egyptian Christians. Our prayers are with the victim’s family and we urge the authorities to conduct a transparent investigation which affirms due process of law.”

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