Mil­i­tants kill Chris­tian plumber in Si­nai

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

EL-AR­ISH, Egypt — Sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants gunned down a Chris­tian man in­side his home in north­ern Si­nai, of­fi­cials and a priest said Fri­day, the lat­est in a string of sec­tar­ian killings in Egypt.

The mil­i­tants Thurs­day stormed the home of Kamel Youssef, a plumber, and shot him to death in front of his wife and chil­dren in the town of el-Ar­ish, said two se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and the priest.

The of­fi­cers spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to talk to re­porters, as did the priest, fear­ing re­tal­i­a­tion by mil­i­tants. The priest said ini­tial re­ports that the man’s daugh­ter was kid­napped and killed turned out to be in­cor­rect.

No mil­i­tant group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. But Egypt’s Is­lamic State group af­fil­i­ate, which is based in the Si­nai Penin­sula and in De­cem­ber car­ried out a sui­cide bomb­ing against a Cairo church, vowed in a video ear­lier this week to step up at­tacks against the Cop­tic Chris­tian mi­nor­ity. It de­scribed them as “in­fi­dels” em­pow­er­ing the West against Mus­lims.

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