El-Arish – Egyptian security officials say suspected
militants have killed a Christian merchant in the northern Sinai Peninsula in
They said 60-year-old Magdy Habashi was abducted last
Saturday from the town of Sheikh Zweid. His decapitated body was found early on
Thursday in a cemetery, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
Habashi is the second Christian to be killed in northern
Sinai in less than a week.
Coptic Christian Priest Mina Abboud Sharobeen was gunned
down by suspected militants last Saturday as he walked in an outdoor market.
There has been a backlash against Christians by Islamist
militants for their activism against former president Mohammed Morsi, ousted by
the military on 3 July, after a wave of massive protests against his rule.