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Christians killed by the policeman who guarded their church

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Christians killed by the policeman who guarded their church

Worshippers in Minya. Photo credit: Wataninet

Two Christians were killed by an armed policeman who was assigned to guard an Egyptian church.

Rabie Mostafa Khalifa shot dead two churchgoers on 12 December and was referred to the criminal court over the premeditated murder of the two men, Emad Kamal and his son, David.

The police sergeant, who had been assigned to guard the church in Minya, was reportedly involved in an argument with the two men near the church when he shot and killed them both.

The tragedy comes as Christians in Minya are still recovering from the horror of a recent Islamic State claimed terrorist attack which martyred seven Christians returning from a baptism service on 2 November. In May 2017 an IS attack claimed the lives of 29 Christians in the town.

A local church leader who led the prayers at their funeral, attended by 2,000, called for officers assigned to guard churches to face background checks “so that they don’t become a source of danger rather than protection”.