Muslims Murder Christian Children in Egypt
Muslims in Egypt have been celebrating Ramadan by murdering Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 28, including children. Some 24 people were also injured in the attack.
On April 9, twin suicide bombs targeting Coptic Christians killed at least 44 people and injured more than 118 in Tanta and Alexandria. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Coptic Christians make up roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 92 million and are the Middle East’s largest Christian community.
The US Embassy in Cairo warned of an imminent but unspecified terrorist attack on the night of May 24.
“The Embassy is aware of a potential threat posted on a website by the Hassm Group, a known terrorist organization, suggesting some kind of unspecified action this evening,” the Egypt mission said in a statement.
Pope Francis visited Egypt in April to show solidarity with Christians following the April attacks. He met Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of the Coptics in Egypt.
In response to the Catholic Pope’s visit, IS promised to escalate attacks in Egypt, warning Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings.
“The growing number of these terror attacks is not at all reassuring,” Fr. Rafic Greiche, the spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church, told local Egyptian media as cited by the AP.
The group of between eight and 10 gunmen, reportedly dressed in military uniforms according to eyewitnesses, approached the convoy in three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks before opening fire, according to local media reports and the Egyptian Interior Ministry.
The shooting, which occurred on the eve of Ramadan, happened as the victims travelled from Beni Suef province to the Coptic Orthodox Anba Samuel monastery near the southern city of Minya, 250km (155 miles) south of Cairo, according to local security sources, cited by Haaretz.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called an emergency meeting of security officials in the wake of Friday’s attack, Reuters reports.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that a new terrorist act in Egypt once again demonstrated the inhuman essence of international terrorists aiming at sowing interfaith discord. The ministry confirmed Moscow’s principled position of categorical rejection and condemnation of any terrorist acts and declared solidarity with the leadership and people of Egypt in fighting terrorism and extremism. The ministry also urged Russian citizens in Egypt to show caution.