Heartbreak as an Islamic state executes the 62-year-old Coptic Christian
Nabil Habashi Salama(Photo: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
A Coptic Christian kidnapped by the Islamic State last November was executed.
The 62-year-old Nabil Habashi Salama was executed on April 18, as confirmed by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The footage of his murder was shown on IS media platforms.
His son Peter told the Egyptian newspaper Watani that it appeared that his father had been tortured by the militants before he was killed because his teeth appeared to be broken.
"We have been forced to close our shops and move our homes to another city and we continue to be threatened," he added.
Mr. Salama was a successful businessman who owned several jewelry and cell phone stores in Bir Al-Abed, northern Sinai.
He was also a dedicated Christian who built the city's only church, Saint Mary & Anba Karas & St Abanob Church.
He was kidnapped from the city by ISIS in broad daylight and the terrorists demanded a ransom of 5 million Egyptian pounds (about £ 230,000) for his release.
CSW sources said Mr. Salama was killed as a "warning" to Egypt's Christian community that if they remain loyal to the Egyptian state and army, they will be next.
CSW Founding President Mervyn Thomas said: "We extend our deepest condolences to the Salama's family and the Coptic community in Egypt."