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Egypt Christian shot dead, house burned down

Second incident in two days sees Coptic Christians targeted in Daesh stronghold North Sinai

Cairo: A Coptic Christian was shot dead Thursday and his house set on fire in Egypt’s North Sinai, a stronghold of Daesh, security officials and medics said.

It was the third death this week linked to [extremists] in violence against the minority community.

The 40-year-old man was shot in the neck at his home in Al Arish, the provincial capital of restive North Sinai, and extremists set the house on fire, they said.

His death comes a day after two Coptic Christians, a father and his son, were found murdered behind a school in Al Arish.

Daesh, which has mostly targeted Egypt’s security forces since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in 2013, warned on Sunday it would set its sights on the country’s Christians.

On December 11, the extremists claimed a suicide bombing during a service in a Coptic church in Cairo, killing 29 people.

Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90-million population, say they are sidelined both in the education system and state institutions.

They have been often been targeted by extremists.

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