Coptic priest killed in stabbing incident in Cairo outskirts

Fr. Sam'an Shehata

Coptic priest killed in stabbing incident in Cairo outskirts

A Coptic priest affiliated with a church in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Bani Swaif was stabbed by a man on Thursday, October 12, in Cairo’s northeastern suburb of El–Marg, state-run newspaper of Akhbar Al Youm reported.

The priest, Sam'an Shehata, was in Cairo when a young unemployed man blocked the way in front of his vehicle and asked him to step down from it. He then hit the priest’s head with cleaver and ran away, a local journalist said on condition of anonymity. “It is believed that it is a hate crime that has been executed by an extremist,” he explained.

The Egyptian Coptic Church released a statement asserting that the death of priest Sam'an Shehata occurred near El-Salam city while he was with another priest, Benjamin Moftah, who was also assaulted. The statement did not provide further details about the second priest.

Meanwhile, Akhbar Al–Youm said that the perpetrator has been arrested and is currently being investigated to ascertain the motives behind his attack.

Priest Sam'an was in Cairo to attend a conference he was invited to at a Coptic church in the Cairo suburb of Dar al-Salam close to El-Marg where the incident took place.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 18:53
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