Tuesday, April 20, 2021

ISIS Kills a Coptic Christian for Building a Church - RIP Nabil Habashi Khadim, Executed by ISIS at Age 62 for his Faith



In North Sinai, Egypt, the ISIS group executed a Coptic Christian.
Nabil Habashi Khadim, age 62, was an respected merchant and philanthropist. Nabil was kidnapped on 8 November, 2020 and killed with a gunshot to the head. His murder was posted online by the jihadist movement for having contributed to the construction of the only Christian Church in Bir Al-Abd, Egypt.

The Islamic State executed this Egyptian Orthodox Coptic Christian, filmed the killing and posted it online on the jihadist group social channels.
The victim, is considered a "new martyr" by the country's Orthodox. In the video he is seen being shot in the head while kneeling on the ground.
Local sources report that the man had contributed to the construction of the only Christian place of worship in the city, the church of the Madonna dell’Anba Karras (Our Lady). This is also one of the reasons that led the jihadist commando to kidnap him.
In the video, one of the executioners belonging to the local Daesh cell (Arabic acronym for IS) explicitly accuses the man of having contributed, even financially, to the construction of the church just before pulling the trigger and executing him. The jihadist group also accuses the Church of "collaboration" with the Egyptian army, police and secret services.
Witnesses say that Nabil Habashi Khadim, was an esteemed jeweller from the city of Bir Al-Abd. His family is considered to be among the oldest in the Coptic community in the area.
His death caused grief and emotion in the Egyptian Coptic community, whose leader Pope Tawadros II issued a stark condemnation and asked for prayers for the man "kidnapped by Takfiri elements in North Sinai five months ago and subsequently martyred".
The Church, continues the note, "weeps for a son and a faithful servant" who is now in the heavenly glory of Christ for having "testified to his faith even to the sacrifice of blood". The declaration concludes by confirming the support of the Coptic Orthodox community "for the efforts of the Egyptian state" to counter "these hateful acts of terrorism" and "to preserve our dear national unity" for a "future of peace and prosperity".
Islamic extremist groups have been fighting for years in northern Sinai, which intensified following the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and the rise of the Islamic State in the region the following year. Several Christians have also been targeted, killed in attacks against individuals and groups of faithful.
In February 2018, the Egyptian security forces, the army and the police launched a massive campaign against armed groups and jihadists, with particular attention to the North Sinai area.
In just over two years, more than 840 terror suspects and over 60 soldiers have been killed.
(Edited from Asia News IT and other news sources)


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