Egyptian Coptic cleric killed in Sinai

Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday, security sources said.

Egyptian Coptic cleric killed in Sinai

World Bulletin/News Desk

Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday, security sources said.

The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.

Security forces went on high alert following the killing, which came a few hours after gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing.

At least 43 people have died and scores wounded in violence across Egypt yesterday, including five police and army troops in attacks by unknown gunmen on security checkpoints in North Sinai.

Saturday attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.

The violence follows attacks in which five police offers were killed in El Arish on Friday.

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