By Stoyan Saimov – The Christian Post –
A Coptic Christian man was shot in the head while his son was burned alive in El-Arish, North Sinai, just days after Islamic State-affiliates called believers their “favorite prey.”
Al-Ahram reports that the father, 65-year-old Saad Hana, and his son, 45-year-old Medhat, were found by Egyptian security officials on Wednesday.
Authorities told The Associated Press that the father was shot in the head, while the son appeared to have been abducted and burned alive.
While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the killings, the attack comes after a wave of violence against Christians in North Sinai, and after specific warnings by IS affiliates in Egypt that more Christians will be targeted.
The Wilayat Sinai group said in a video this week that Christians are its “favorite prey,” and celebrated the suicide bombing of a Coptic church in Cairo in December that killed nearly 30 people.
“Oh worshipers of the cross … the soldiers of the state are watching you,” a militant says in the 20-minute long video.