The bodies of seven Christians from Egypt were found on a beach near Benghazi, Libya on February 24. The individuals -- all young men -- appeared to have been murdered execution style, with gunshots to the head and chest, The New American website reports today (February 28, 2014).
Christians have been targeted in the region over the past few years as political unrest continues, with Muslim extremists attacking churches and individual believers for sharing their religious beliefs with others.
The "Libya Herald" reported that all seven men were Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt, and were between the ages of 17 and 25. Witnesses reported that the assailants -- who appeared to be Islamists -- dragged the men from their apartment, bound their hands, and shot them.
Thousands of Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt have flooded into Libya in recent years to work as laborers in the oil fields, and have faced heavy persecution and violence from Islamic radicals.