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Monday, 19 April 2021
ISIS issues warning to 'Christians of Egypt' as they execute a captured Coptic and two tribesmen
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From the Daily Mail
An Egyptian terror group linked to ISIS has executed three men including a Coptic Christian as a warning for supporting the country's armed forces.
Nabil Habashi Salama, 62, a member of Egypt's minority Coptic Orthodox Church, was shown being shot in the back of the head in a video released Saturday. 
In the footage, a militant with his face blurred, an AK-47 slung across his chest and index finger raised to the sky, warns the 'Christians of Egypt' that 'this is the price you pay for supporting the Egyptian army.'
A spokesman for the Coptic Church, which confirmed Salama's identity from the video, said he had been involved in rebuilding churches destroyed by Islamists in the region.  He kept the faith till the moment he was killed,' the spokesman said.
Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in the northern Sinai since at least 2011, including local tribal groups, Al Qaeda, and Wilayat Sinai - a pre-existing militant group that swore allegiance to ISIS in 2014.
Originally founded as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis according to Stanford University's terror monitoring service, the group's initial aim was to rid nearby Jerusalem of western influence and eradicate any Israeli presence in Egypt.
Egypt has been fighting a jihadist insurgency in the northern Sinai since at least 2011, including local tribal groups, Al Qaeda, and Wilayat Sinai - a pre-existing militant group that swore allegiance to ISIS in 2014.
Then, in 2017, ISIS called specifically for attacks on Christians in Sinai - describing them as 'our first target and favorite prey' - prompting jihadists to begin storming Coptic households in order to kill the occupants and burn them down. More than 100 were ultimately killed in brutal and callous public executions, often carried out in full view of locals and the victims' families as an intimidation tactic.
But in April, ISIS managed to puncture that security net when it carried out dual bombings against two churches on Palm Sunday. Suicide bombers struck St. George's Church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta and St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, the seat of the Coptic papacy, killing a total of 50 people and wounding dozens more.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9486783/ISIS-executes-Coptic-Egypt-warning-Christians.html

 

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Posted on 04/19/2021 3:22 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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