Egypt police arrest man who reportedly stabbed Coptic priest to death in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Apr 2022

Egyptian security forces have arrested a 60-year-old man who reportedly stabbed a Coptic archpriest to death in the city of Alexandria on Thursday evening.

File photo: Archpriest Arsanios Wadid.
File Photo: Archpriest Arsanios Wadid.

Arsanios Wadid, the Priest of the Church of the Virgin Mary and Mar Boulos in the Karmouz neighbourhood of the Meharam Bek district, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria said on its Facebook page.

Wadid, 56, was transported to Mostafa Kamel Military Hospital in Sidi Gaber neighbourhood, but he succumbed to his injuries, the church said.

Investigations are underway to disclose the stabber’s identity and motives, the church added.

"The church eulogises this blessed father who committed his life to God, and gave his life today to him in an honest martyrdom," it said.

The victim was stabbed with a knife while walking along the Mediterranean Corniche in the Sidi Bishr district, according to statement by the Ministry of Interior. 

Wadid, born in 1966, was ordained to the priesthood in 1995 by the late Pope Shenouda III, the former head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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