Chaos in Egypt: Christians “Hacked With Axes,” Priest Beheaded

Updated: July 13, 2013

Daniel Doherty,

Roughly ten percent of Egyptians self-identity as Christians. Sadly, however, many are now probably fearing for their lives as Muslim extremists prowl the streets with axes and the country looks increasingly unstable, according to the Associated Press:

With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, [a] Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops.

Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to The Associated Press.

The mob’s rampage through the village of Nagaa Hassan, burning dozens of Christian houses and stabbing to death three other Christians as well, came two days after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power. It was no coincidence the attackers focused on Naseem and his family: He was the village’s most prominent campaigner calling for Morsi’s removal.

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