Egypt retrieves bodies of Christian family murdered in Libya

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Dec 2014

Three member of the same family were killed last week in Sirte

Egypt retrieved on Tuesday the bodies of three members of an Egyptian Coptic Christian family murdered in Libya in what is believed to be a religiously-motivated attack, state news agency MENA reported.

A Coptic Christian couple was killed last Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in their house in the city of Sirte, east of Tripoli – now controlled by Islamist militia groups.

Their teenage daughter were abducted by the killers, only for local residents to find her body two days later, a local hospital source said.

The bodies arrived at Cairo international airport early on Tuesday via Turkey, and were received by a church delegation, a foreign ministry official and several family members.

A number of Coptic Egyptians have been killed in Libya in recent times amid a surge of Islamist militancy in the North African state since the 2011 toppling of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

In February, seven Egyptian Christians were found shot dead execution-style on a beach in eastern Libya.

Thousands of Egyptians work in Libya, a key destination for Egyptian migrant workers, mainly in the construction industry.


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