Gunmen Attack Coptic Home Hours After Egyptian President Reassures Christians They Would Not Be Targeted
President Morsi visits Sinai with former head of military Field Marshal Tantawi in the aftermath of attack on troops in July. (Photo: AP)
Gunmen opened fire on the home of a Coptic Christian in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hours after a visit by President Mohamed Morsi to reassure Christian residents they would not be targeted again.
Gunmen “used automatic weapons when they opened fire on the house of a Coptic resident of Rafah hours after the president left,” a security official told AFP.
There were no reports of casualties, he said.
Witnesses told AFP three gunmen in a car fired on the house of Magdi Niruz before fleeing the scene.
Morsi had visited the Sinai peninsula on Friday to meet with and reassure families who fled Rafah to El-Arish after receiving death threats.
This “will not happen again,” Morsi told a group of local Bedouin tribal chiefs and other residents of El-Arish.
“Your security is our security,” he said.