Christian leaders condemn killing of Egyptian Coptic priest

Christian leaders have expressed alarm on the killing of a coptic orthodox priest in egypt's capital cairo.

Father samaan shehata become collecting humanitarian useful resource for his parish in beni suef on thursday whilst he become chased by way of a person who stabbed him numerous times.
The assailant fled the scene however turned into reportedly later arrested by means of police.
The motive for the attack, which turned into filmed on cctv, became not acknowledged. But, the minority coptic community has been targeted time and again in current months.
Extra than 100 people had been killed on the grounds that december in a sequence of attacks claimed via jihadist militants affiliated to so-called islamic country (is).
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Bishop anba angaelos, the leader of the coptic church within the united kingdom, stated he was concerned approximately the response of the egyptian government to the attack on fr samaan.
He alleged that it had taken an hour for an ambulance to arrive because the priest lay death; that the crime scene turned into not secured and forensic proof now not accumulated; and that the attacker became at once declared mentally incapable without a professional prognosis.
"i pray for the broader egyptian christian network that feels more and more susceptible and focused daily in opposition to a backdrop of negligence and injustice," the bishop brought.
"i pray for the broader egyptian society, that will become more and more discredited and compromised as those incidents keep to occur."
The archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, wrote on twitter: "deeply saddened by means of brutal homicide of father samaan, coptic orthodox priest in cairo. We pray for the church, for him and people who mourn him."
Fr samaan was killed at the same day as egyptian president abdul fattah al-sisi prolonged for the second time a kingdom of emergency declared in april after two lethal bombings via is that focused coptic churches in tanta and alexandria.
Loads of egyptian safety employees have also been killed through jihadists in the sinai peninsula for the reason that military overthrew president mohammed morsi in 2013.
On friday, six infantrymen died when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in el-arish, the principle metropolis in northern sinai, the navy said in a assertion.


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