Fears of Egyptian Christians Deepen As Extremists Attack A Church In Cairo

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CAIRO: Yet another attack outside a Coptic Church kills three and deepens the anxiety of Egypt’s Christians.

CAIRO: Coptic Church attacked by extremists.
CAIRO: Coptic Church attacked by extremists.

In context to the recent attack on a Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi  has strongly condemned the ferocious attack outside the Church that killed three people, including an eight-year-old girl. He assured,” police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

He says such attacks will “not succeed in sowing divisions between the nation’s Muslims and Christians”.

The attack took place in an area of the Egyptian Capital called Waraa, when masked gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Church, killing a man, a woman and the child. Since the military takeover, there have been increased attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christians and their churches.

Witnesses said a car blocked traffic outside the Coptic Church minutes before the shooting, allowing the gunmen on the motorcycle the space they needed and giving them a relatively easy getaway.

 

Fahmy Azer Abboud an elderly, silver-haired Christian could hardly speak, sitting stunned in a Church where the evening before, suspected Islamic militants on a motorcycle sprayed his family’s wedding party with automatic weapons fire, killing his son, his wife’s sister and two granddaughters aged 8 and 12.“It’s God’s will. They are always beating us down. Every other day now, they do this,” the 75-year-old said.

 

The incident has intensified fright among Egypt’s minority Coptic Christians, already a target of discrimination by the Muslim majority in the country. Moreover, fears that an uprising by Islamic extremists in the Sinai Peninsula and an increase in attacks in rural areas may be shifting to Cairo, have heightened.

 

The aggression by Islamic fundamentalists has augmented since the military deposed President Mohammed Morsi in July and cracked down on his Muslim Brotherhood and its allies. These retaliation attacks from the Islamists have predominantly targeted security forces and Christians, whom the Islamists blame because of their strong support of Morsi’s ouster.