Armed gunmen seized an 8-year-old Coptic Christian child from his mother’s arms. The child, Antonious Zaki Hani, was walking with his mother to school in Nag Hammadi, where he attended second grade.
Four armed gunmen appeared, forced the child from his mother’s hands under threat of death, and immediately fled in a car.
Since the “Arab Spring” came to Egypt, incidences of Coptic kidnaps have been on the rise. In Nag Hammadi alone, 77 have been abducted, two of whom were killed.