Thousands of demonstrators protested in the city of Assiut following the murder of Father Daoud Boutros.
The priest was stabbed several times by Islamists who shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they fled from the scene.
The Winnepeg Press reported:
A Coptic Christian priest has been killed in southern Egypt, triggering street demonstrations by several thousand Christians.
The priest was found dead in his home. A fellow clergyman, Danoub Thabet, says his body had several stab wounds. He says neighbours reported seeing several masked men leaving the apartment and shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” suggesting the killing was motivated by the divide between Egypt’s Muslims and its minority Coptic community.
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About 3,000 protesters scuffled with Muslim shop owners Tuesday night and smashed the windows of a police car in the city, Assiut.
Police say the priest was murdered in a robbery.
Islamists murdered a Tunisian priest earlier this week. They slit his throat.