Priest stabbed to death on seaside promenade in Egypt


Egypt’s Interior Ministry says a knife-wielding man fatally injured a Coptic priest in an attack on popular seaside promenade in Alexandria

CAIRO – A knife-wielding man fatally injured a Coptic priest in an attack on the famous seaside promenade in Alexandria on Thursday night, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said.

The ministry said the priest died while being treated for his injuries. He said the alleged attacker had been arrested.

The priest has been identified by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria as Arsanious Wadid, 56. He said he had served in a local parish,

Sectarian violence is not uncommon in Egypt, where an Orthodox Christian minority, the Copts, are considered one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

Christians make up more than 10% of Egypt’s majority Muslim population. Intercommunal violence erupts occasionally, mainly in rural communities in the south. Islamic extremists have also targeted Christians in the past.

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