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Suspected IS militants kill Christian man in northern Sinai

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Security officials say a Christian man has been shot dead by suspected Islamic militants while inside a barber’s shop in Egypt’s turbulent northern Sinai.

FILE -- In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, visitors leave Saint Catherine's Monastery on camels, in Saint Catherine, Egypt. The Islamic State extremist group said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, that its militants carried an attack on a police checkpoint near the famed Monastery in Sinai, which Egyptian security authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four. The attack on the monastery, built in the 6th century and a popular site for tourists visiting the Red Sea resorts along Sinai's southern coast, comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. (Credits: AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File/ Manila Bulletin)

Visitors leave Saint Catherine’s Monastery on camels, in Saint Catherine, Egypt. The Islamic State extremist group said Tuesday, April 18, 2017, that its militants carried an attack on a police checkpoint near the famed Monastery in Sinai, which Egyptian security authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four.  (Credits: AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File/ Manila Bulletin)

The late Saturday killing in the coastal city of al-Arish came one day after the Islamic State group’s local affiliate warned it would escalate attacks against Christians.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Ayoub is at least the seventh Christian in northern Sinai to be killed by suspected IS militants in recent months. The killings have forced hundreds of Christians to flee the region. At least 75 others have been killed in IS attacks targeting churches since December.

IS is currently spearheading an insurgency in northern Sinai, where security forces have been battling militants for years.

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