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Coptic Christian girl shot dead in Egypt comment (0)

August 22, 2013


CAIRO, Egypt — A Coptic Christian girl walking home from a Bible class at her church was shot and killed in early August in Cairo by an unidentified gunman, human rights activists said.

The rights representatives said 10-year-old Jessica Boulous  was killed Aug. 6 while walking from the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church through a market to her home with her Sunday School teacher.

The teacher turned to buy an item at a market stall only to turn back and find Boulous lying in the dirt in a puddle of blood, rights activists said.

A single bullet had passed through her chest and heart, killing her instantly.

Nasr Allah Zakaria, Boulous’s uncle, said the killing has devastated the girl’s family.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Zakaria, pastor of an evangelical church, said he didn’t know for sure if the shooting was religiously motivated but quickly added that violence against Christians “seems to be normal” in Egypt now.

Zakaria said that, strangely, Boulous, an only child, was concerned about the violence and seemed to have a premonition of her death. She watched protests on television and urged her parents to get involved, but at the same time she was afraid enough for her safety that she asked her Sunday School teacher to escort her home from Bible school.

“She said she didn’t feel safe,” Zakaria said. 

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