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    » 01/29/2014, 00.00

    EGYPT

    Cairo, Coptic Orthodox church attacked. One dead.



    A group of Islamists attacked the church of the Virgin Mary: a police officer shot down in the battle. One of the assailants was apprehended by residents, the second was arrested by the police later that evening.

    Cairo ( AsiaNews) - A group of armed men yesterday afternoon attacked the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the "October 6" district of the governorate of Giza. Police responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others were injured. The residents were able to stop the car carrying the attackers and stop one handing him over to the authorities. His accomplice was arrested a few hours later by officers. The two attackers are Mohamed Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim and Ahmed Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, both active in Islamic extremist groups.


    The Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II condemned the attack and sent a message of condolences to the relatives of the murdered policeman. Father Samir Jerome, priest of the diocese of the district, told the MCN newsagency that in the coming security measures in front of religious buildings will be stepped up. "We will also post guards in front of the smaller churches ," said the priest , explaining that in the area there are several armed militias who "want to destroy the peace ."

    Egypt has been hit by a wave of violence since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood by the government following the massive demonstration of 30 million people , 30 June 2013. The Islamists have branded Coptic Christians as supporters of the new military-backed government, accused of having launched a violent campaign against members of the Brotherhood. In mid-August, a few days after the dissolution of the Islamist sit-in in Cairo, thousands of extremists attacked Christian homes and churches across the country , destroying more than 200 buildings.

    The approval of the new Constitution (which replaces the Islamist one launched in 2012) has increased the Muslim Brotherhood's subversive actions even more against the army and its supporters . Yesterday, gunmen killed Gen. Mohamed Said , a senior official of the Ministry of Interior of Egypt. The murder took place a few hours before the trial against the former president and leader of the Islamists Mohamed Morsi , currently in Cairo and one day from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ( SCAF ) go-ahead for Gen. Al- Sisi , Minister of Defense, to run for president.

     

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    19/01/2013 EGYPT
    Upper Egypt, thousands of Islamic extremists attack a Christian village
    The second case in less than a week. The attack took place yesterday in el-Marashda, predominantly Christian, in the province of Quena (Upper Egypt). Muslims burned at least six homes of Coptic Christians and tried to demolish the local church. Wrath unleashed at the alleged rape of a Muslim girl by a Christian. Village Iman calls on youth to protect Christian shops.

    11/04/2013 EGYPT
    Christians and Muslims march together against Islamist hegemony
    Mina Magdi, an activist of the Maspero Youth Union, denounces attempts by extremists to divide Christians and Muslims. The sectarian clashes that took place on April 7 in front of the Coptic Orthodox cathedral were manipulated. With false news reports by media linked to the Muslim Brotherhood accusing the Copts of attacking first.

    16/01/2013 EGYPT
    Egypt, Islamic extremists demolish Coptic church property in Fayyum
    The attack took place yesterday afternoon. The attackers destroyed a parish hall and community center. They were under construction. Spokesman for the Catholic Church: "By now attacks are on the agenda."

    14/08/2013 EGYPT
    Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood assaults 22 Christian churches
    The attacks are connected to the evacuation of Islamist sit-ins by the police. At the moment there is no data about any deaths or injuries. Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesperson of the Egyptian Catholic Church, spoke of at least seven Catholic churches attacked, and another fifteen Coptic Orthodox and Protestant churches

    23/10/2013 EGYPT
    Cairo, police fled before the attack on the church of the Virgin Mary
    For the Administrative Director of the parish, the security forces fled up a side street instead of defending the faithful . Yesterday the funeral of the four victims of the shooting.



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