Seven Egyptian Christians Executed in Libya

العثور على 7 أقباط قتلوا في ليبيا

Seven Egyptian Christians found dead on Libyan beach

Libyan police have found seven Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya, security officials and local residents said on Monday, in the second such execution-style killing since the start of the year.

A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist militants are active.

“They were killed by headshots in execution style,” a police officer said. “We don’t know who killed them.”

A local resident and an Egyptian worker, who asked not to be identified because of fears for their security, said unknown gunmen had arrived at the Egyptians’ Benghazi home and dragged them away the night before.

Security sources confirmed the Egyptians were Christians. No further details were immediately available about how they were killed or whether they were shot on the beach.

No group claimed responsibility.

Last month, a British man and a New Zealand woman were shot execution-style on another beach 100 km to the west of the capital Tripoli.

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العثور على 7 أقباط قتلوا في ليبيا

Relatives of seven Egyptians killed in a beach react outside the morgue in Benghazi February 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

تم العثور على 7 أقباط قتلى شرقي مدينة بنغازي الليبية، حسبما أفادت وكالة “رويترز”، اليوم الاثنين 24 شباط/فبراير، نقلاً عن جهاز الأمن المحلي.

ووفقاً للوكالة فقد تم قتل جميع الضحايا بعيار ناري في الرأس من مسافة قريبة.

تجدر الإشارة إلى قيام قوات الأمن في بنغازي منذ عام تقريباً باعتقال 5 أقباط مصرين، واتهامهم بالنشاط التبشيري، الذي يعتبر جريمة جنائية في ليبيا. وما زال غير معروف ما إذا كان القتلى السبعة يمارسون النشاط التبشيري في ليبيا أم لا.

اسعد زهيو ، المتحدث باسم الحركة الوطنية الشعبية الليبية بشأن مقتل سبعة من أخواننا المصريين بليبيا


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