Coptic Christian Woman Accused of Slitting Throat of Newborn Baby Says Muslim Extremists Responsible for Murder

Egyptian authorities have accused a Coptic Christian woman of slitting the throat of her newborn baby — even though she claims Islamic extremists carried out the horrific murder because of her family’s faith.

Azza Gamal, 27, told persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor that on September 7, her husband, Nour Bakhit Khalil, 30, went to visit his sister, leaving her alone with her two-year-old twin girls Mariam and Martha and baby daughter Mohrael.

Shortly after Nour left, someone knocked on the locked door. Thinking her husband had returned, Azza opened the door.

In front of her stood three masked men and a woman wearing traditional Muslim garb. The group pushed her inside, grabbing the baby from her arms. They then beat her, shouting “kafirs” (“infidels”) and fled, taking the baby with them.

Upon hearing his wife screaming, Nour ran home to see what had happened and was told that his daughter, Mohrael, had been kidnapped.

“I immediately went to the police station to report the kidnapping of my daughter,” he told WWM.

“They asked me to fetch my wife and our ID cards and then to come back to file a report. None of them went back with me to investigate the matter or search for my daughter.” read more