Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats with civilians, urging them to be patient, in the besieged area of Homs. Photo courtesy of: IBT.
by, Gianluca Mezzofiore | International Business Times
Dutch Jesuit priest Father Frans van der Lugt has allegedly been shot dead in the besieged Syrian city of Homs by a masked gunman.
Van Der Lugt, 72, lived in Syria for decades and had played a key role in publicising the plight of the people of Homs – Christians and Muslims alike.
Homs-based priest Assad Nayyef and the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the gunman first beat the Roman Catholic priest, then shot him dead with two bullets to the head.
The Jesuit died instantly.
“I can confirm that he’s been killed,” Jan Stuyt, secretary of the Dutch Jesuit Order, told AFP by phone.
“A man came into his house, took him outside and…
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