Coptic Christian Killed by Muslims For Showing Cross Tattoo
Islamic militants who shot and killed a man on Saturday in Egypt because of his cross tattoo have pledged to kill more people belonging to the nation’s beleaguered Christian community, a friend of the deceased believer has said.
Friends and family of Bassem Herz Attallah, who was shot dead by a group of three gunmen in Sinai on Saturday, have shared details about how and why their loved one was murdered in the streets of Al Arish last weekend.
Milad Wasfi, a close friend of Attallah who spoke with the persecution news outlet World Watch Monitor, explained that he first did not believe the news when he was told that Attallah had been killed on Jan. 13.
Upon hearing the news, Wasfi said that he tried to call Attallah on the phone. However, it wasn’t Attallah who answered the other end of the line.
“The terrorists answered me and said they belong to State of Sinai and promised to kill more Copts before they put down the phone,” Wasfi said.
According to World Watch Monitor, Attallah was walking with his 38-year-old brother, Osama and their neighbor, Mohamed, while on his way from work when the men encountered the militants.
Attallah’s murder comes about two weeks after two other Coptic Christians were shot to death in Giza. Prior to that, 11 people were killed during an attack on a Christian church and Christian-owned business in Cairo.
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