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A Coptic Christian has been shot over 20 times in Egypt


International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four unidentified masked men shot down a young Coptic man in the Egyptian city of Dabaa, Matrouh Governorate. The victim, Rani Raafat, was killed instantly from multiple gunshot wounds while at work this week. The assailants then burned Raafat’s car and fled.


Raafat worked in the veterinary medicine trade and had no known enemies. His relatives suggested sectarian-religious motives in the incident and that the perpetrators of the attack were extremist elements, according to Al Arabiya.

Earlier this month, the Coptic Christian community lost Father Arsanious Wadid after Nehru Abdel Moneim Tawfiq, previously an unidentified assailant, stabbed him several times. Tawfiq was previously a known member of extremist groups.

Earlier this week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that Egypt be placed on the State Department’s Special Watchlist for religious freedom.


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