Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Orthodox Christian priest in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai today (July 6, 2013), in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, according to the Reuters website.
The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked this afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.
The shooting in the coastal city was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included the firing at four military checkpoints in the region, security sources said.
Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood party has fiercely criticized Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros -- spiritual leader of Egypt's 8 million Christians -- for giving his blessing to the removal of President Mursi and attending the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution. A few weeks ago, Pope Tawadros said that Islamist President Mursi treated Christians worse than they have ever been treated in Egypt during the past 2,000 years.