Islamic State kills a Coptic Orthodox priest in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
A Coptic Orthodox priest was shot dead yesterday morning (30 June) in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula by Islamist militants.
Fr. Raphael Moussa, 46, was shot four times in the head from a passing taxi as he stood next to his car in Arish, the capital of northern Sinai. The priest was returning home from leading mass at the Mar Girguis (St. George) Church.
The Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency announced that the Wilyat Sinai branch of IS claimed responsibility for the murder, accusing the clergyman of “waging war against Islam.”
Moussa is the second priest in Arish to have been assassinated by the jihadists. Fr. Mina Aboud Sharubim was shot dead in July 2013, just three days after Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was toppled by the Egyptian military.