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Christian Writer Shot Dead in Jordan After Being Charged with Insulting Islam

Nahed Hattar (Photo: wikicommons)

A case of persecution of Christians in the Middle East has turned deadly. The Telegraph's Raf Sanchez and Sara Elizabeth Williams report that a Christian writer was shot and killed outside of the Jordanian courtroom where he was being charged with insulting Islam:

A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead by a suspected Islamist gunman on Sunday outside the courtroom where he was due to stand trial for offending Islam by sharing a cartoon on Facebook.

Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old intellectual from Jordan's Christian minority, was gunned down on the steps of a courthouse in Amman in what appeared to be a religiously motivated attack. 

The gunman was arrested at the scene and a Jordanian security source identified him as Riyad Ismail Abdullah, a 49-year-old imam who was wearing traditional Islamic robes at the time of the shooting...

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