Father and son working at nearby building site shot dead after argument


La Croix International (14.12.2018) – – A security guard working for a church in Egypt killed two Coptic Christians, a father and son, on Dec. 12 after getting into an argument with them a day earlier, according to Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.


The double murder took place in front of the Nahdet al Qadasah church in the evening in Minya, a city in upper Egypt about 250km south of the capital Cairo, according to media.


The victims were identified as Imad Kamal Sadiq, 49, and his 21-year-old son, David. They had reportedly been working at a building site opposite the church.


It was not clear at press time what triggered the dispute, but it appears to have escalated on the second day with the guard, whose name was not given, subsequently drawing his firearm and shooting the pair.


The guard has since been taken into custody.


Coptic Bishop Anba Makarios Minya presided over the funerals for the slain family members on Dec. 13, media reported.


The news comes a month after Egyptian police claimed on Nov. 4 to have killed 19 Islamist militants believed responsible for a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in the same region.


The firefight reportedly broke out as security forces were hunting for those accused of killing seven Copts and injuring at least seven more during an attack on two buses near a monastery in Minya two days earlier. Islamic State claimed responsibility.


Copts make up the bulk of the Christian minority in Muslim-majority Egypt.




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