A Coptic 28-year-old engineer who worked as a teacher, Rani Ra’fat, was shot to death by a masked armed men in the town of al-Dabaa in Marsa Matrouh some 320km west of Alexandria. The men then set his car on fire.
Mr Ra’fat worked at a school in Dabaa, and owned a shop on the ground floor of his house. The day he was shot he received a phone call following which he opened his shop. A Hyundai Verna private car stopped by; some two or three masked men inside opened fire on him, firing some 22 shots that left him dead on the spot.
Matrouh police directly arrived at the scene of the crime. The victim was moved to al-Alamein hospital, then to the morgue of Kom El-Dikka in Alexandria.
The masked men fled to al-Dabaa regional road, then set fire on the car they used in the crime.
A funeral service was held on 29 April at the church of Holy Virgin in Muharram Bey, Alexandria, and his body buried in the family tomb.
Official investigations are ongoing.
The Salafi Daawa in Marsa Matrouh has issued a statement condemning the crime.
2 May 2022