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"Unidentified gunmen killed an Egyptian Christian doctor, Magdy Sobhi Tawfik, and his wife on Tuesday at his residence at the Jarif health center in Sirte,” AFP quoted Youssef Tobiqa, an official in charge of running affairs in Jarif area in the city of Sirte, Libya, 500 km east of Tripoli, as saying.

 

Tobiqa added that these gunmen took away the doctor’s daughter, 18, to an unknown location, leaving behind two young girls in the house, which was the scene of the crime.

 

Tobiqa suggested that the motive behind the crime may be religious and have nothing to do with robbery, because the victim’s property was found untouched.

 

“The doctor was found handcuffed and killed with his wife,” said Tobiqa, who added that 6,000 Libyan dinars belonging to the victim was found on a table near the scene of the crime, in addition to his wife’s jewelry.

 

Eastern Libya has recently witnessed similar acts of killing of Coptic Egyptians, as well as other Christian foreigners.

 

On February 24, the Libyan security authorities found bodies of seven Egyptian Copts shot and dumped on the outskirts of the city of Benghazi, east of the country.

 

The city of Sirte is controlled by Islamic militias, led by Ansar al-Sharia, which was listed by the UN Security Council as a terrorist organization. The militias of the Dawn of Islamic Libya that attacks the oil areas in the east of the country are stationed in this city.

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