In the past two weeks, several Copts have been murdered in Egypt.
Even before the dust settled over the murder of a Coptic merchant in
Alexandria (220 km north of Cairo) on 3 January, Egyptian security
forces found the body of a Coptic doctor killed last Friday at his home,
stabbed in the throat.
Dr Bassam Safouat Zaki was general surgeon in Asyut (370 km south of
Initial findings indicate that he was stabbed in the neck, chest
and back and bled to death through his mouth, nose and ears.
A few days earlier, on 5 January, security forces discovered the
bodies of a Coptic couple, Gamal Sami Guirguis and Nadia Amin Guirguis,
stabbed to death in their home as they slept, in Monufia Governorate,
northern Egypt, about 85 km from the Egyptian capital.
Following the investigation, local law enforcement arrested some
suspects but did not announce the reasons for the double murder.
Two days earlier, an Alexandria merchant had his throat cut by an
alleged Islamist in the middle of the street in front of passers-by and
residents of his neighbourhood. As he stabbed Youssef Lamaei, the
attacker shouted “Allah Akbar".
During his interrogation, he said "I
told him several times not to sell the alcohol, but he did not listen to
These three attacks come only a month after the suicide bomber blew
himself up on 11 December against the Church of SS Peter and Paul
(El-Botroseya), which is located next to see of the Coptic Orthodox
Patriarchate in Cairo. Some 29 people were killed, and dozens wounded.
"Every time I go out, I am afraid of being the next victim,” said
Adel Ishak, a 30-year-old accountant who knew three of the victims of
the December attack.
Still, “In the end, I am able to overcome this feeling of fear and I go to church, " said the father of one speaking to AsiaNews.