Egyptian security forces have arrested a 60-year-old man accused of attacking a Coptic priest in the city of Alexandria on Thursday evening, stabbing him several times to death.
The victim was identified as Arsanios Wadid, the priest of the church of the Virgin Mary and Mar Boulos in the Karmouz neighborhood of the Meharam Bek district.
Wadid, 56, was stabbed with a knife while walking along the Mediterranean Corniche in the Sidi Bishr district, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry did not reveal the name of the assailant, but said that investigation was underway.
“The church eulogizes this blessed father who committed his life to God, and gave his life today to him in an honest martyrdom,” the post reads.
The church furthered that investigations have been launched to disclose the stabber’s identity and motives behind the attack.
Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb, who heads Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the highest institution of Sunni Islam in the Muslim world, condemned the attack, warning that such acts “might instigate religious wars.”
Christians make up more than 10% of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population and sometimes violence between communities took place, mainly in rural communities in the south.
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