Coptic man kidnapped and murdered by ISIS in North Sinai, Egypt

SINAI, Egypt — A video showing the execution of a Coptic Orthodox man by the Islamic State (ISIS) circulated on social media over the weekend.

The man, Nabil Habashi Salama, was kidnapped by ISIS in North Sinai in Egypt several months ago. The group demanded 5 million Egyptian Pounds for his release.

The Coptic Orthodox Church mourned Salama in a statement, stressing its solidarity with all the efforts made by the Egyptian state to eradicate terrorist acts. The Church also praised the courage of the Egyptian Armed Forces and offered warm condolences to the family of the martyr Salama, wishing that peace and safety prevail in the country.

The 62-year-old Salama had built the only church in the Bir al-Abd center in North Sinai. His family works in trade, owing several shops selling gold and mobile phones.