A watchdog group that monitors the ever-growing persecution of Christians across the globe is reporting that an Egyptian teenager was murdered earlier this month by Islamic extremists in an effort to intimidate Christian minorities.
According to World Watch Monitor, Allam Bashay Gabriel, who resides in Qai, Egypt, found the body of his 16-year-old son, Gamal, on April 13; the teen was lying in a pool of blood after having his throat slit by militants.
Gabriel believes the boy was killed by members of the Islamic State (also referred to as Daesh, the Arabic acronym for ISIS). He said Gamal had gone to a nearby village to meet with a tutor and never returned home.
That’s when Gabriel and others went on a search to find his son, discovering his body not long after.
“The way he was killed is the way of Daesh [IS], as they are the only ones who slaughter people like that,” he told World Watch Monitor. “They slaughtered my son because of his faith in Jesus Christ.”
Gabriel continued, “It’s a war on Christians, and all honest people should stand up to those who are waging this war.”
His cousin, Samy, also added his belief that the assailants killed Gamal due to his Christian faith, saying he believes they specifically wanted to send a message before Easter in an effort to intimidate local Christians.
The tragic murder unfolded just days after two Egyptian churches were bombed in a horrific Palm Sunday attack and on the same day that three Christian homes were torched — two stories that Faithwire extensively covered.
Gamal was buried on Good Friday, with tight security, as scores of Coptic Christians showed up to pay their respects.
As Faithwire previously reported, human rights group International Christian Concern also recently noted that a mob of Muslim radicals reportedly burned down three Egyptian Christians’ homes and left at least eight people injured.
The attack unfolded in Kom El-Loufy, Egypt, on April 13 — the same day as Gamal’s death — following a Christian prayer service that was led in a local home.
A witness who spoke on condition of anonymity gave the human rights organization a detailed account of what unfolded. The assault left two Christian women injured — one with a broken arm and another with a broken leg. Additionally, six Christian men were injured.
Egyptian Christians continue to be under assault, with two Coptic Christian churches targeted with terror attacks on Palm Sunday, leaving dozens dead. That attack left many Christians angry and fearful that the Egyptian government isn’t properly protecting them, especially after previously reports indicating that violence against Copts appears to be on the rise.
(H/T: World Watch Monitor)
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