Coptic Christian priest stabbed to death in Egypt, attacked as he walked along popular beach promenade
- A knifemaker stabs 56-year-old Arsanious Wadid 3 times in Alexandria
- Wadid was taken to Mustafa Carmel Military Hospital, where he died of his injuries
- Egyptian security arrests an elderly man who allegedly was seen stabbing a priest to death in Alexandria by several witnesses
A Coptic priest has been stabbed to death by a passerby outside a beach club on a popular seaside promenade in Egypt.
The knife-wielding man stabbed 56-year-old Arsanious Wadid three times in the northern city of Alexandria on Thursday.
Wadid, a priest in the city’s Meharambek district, was rushed to Mustafa Kamel Military Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Egyptian security services have arrested an elderly man who was allegedly stabbed to death by several witnesses in Alexandria, Egypt’s interior ministry said.
The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended by local residents before police arrived, according to reports.
Wadid was stabbed three times, one of which stabbed a large artery in his neck.
According to Abouna.org, Wadid was walking with a group of boys from the beach club back to a bus parked nearby when the attack took place.
An investigation into the attack is ongoing and police are investigating the motive behind the stabbing.
Sectarian violence is not uncommon in Egypt, where the Orthodox Christian minority, the Copts, is considered one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
Christians make up more than 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population.
Violence between communities has occasionally erupted, mainly in rural communities in the south.
Islamic extremists have also targeted Christians in the past.
Sheikh Ahmed Taib, head of Egypt’s al-Azhar, the top body of Sunni Islam in the Muslim world, condemned the attack and warned that it “could spark a religious war” “.
“The Grand Imam affirms that killing is a grave crime that will arouse the wrath of God and should be punished in the afterlife,” said a statement posted on Al-Azhar’s Facebook page.
Wadid was ordained to the clergy in 1995 by the late Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
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