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Egyptian Christian succumbs to injury after attack comment (0)

March 27, 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya — An Egyptian Christian shot in the head by a suspected Islamic extremist in Libya on March 2 has succumbed to his injuries, family members said.

Salama Fawzy Tobia, 23, died March 15 in El Raey El Saleh Hospital in Samalut, Minya Province. 

His family had transported Tobia back to Egypt after the Egyptian government, on a doctor’s recommendation that he not be moved, refused to assist in returning him to his country. The injury to his brain essentially left him in a coma until he died. 

On March 2 in Benghazi, Libya, at least one gunman ambushed Tobia while he loaded fruit and vegetables onto his produce stand. The attacker shot Tobia in the head and fled the scene. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting, but suspicion fell heavily on the Islamic extremist Ansar al-Sharia militia movement, according to Egyptian human rights groups.

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