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February 3, 2011

Christian families in Egypt attacked by Muslims, 11 murdered

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Understanding Islam

As Robert Spencer phrases it, two Islamic supremacist groups took time out from demonstrating for the end of the Mubarak regime and the beginning of Muslim Brotherhood rule to fight against the People of the Book, as commanded by Qur'an 9:29.

"Muslims Attack Two Christian Families in Egypt, 11 Killed," by Mary Abdelmassih for AINA, February 3:

(AINA) -- News of a massacre of two Christian Coptic families by Islamists just emerged from Upper Egypt with the return of the Internet connections after a week of Internet blackout by the Egyptian regime. The massacre took place on Sunday, January 30 at 3 PM in the village of Sharona near Maghagha, Minya province. Two Islamists groups, aided by the Muslim neighbors, descended on the roof of houses owned by Copts, killing eleven Copts, including children, and seriously injuring four others.

Anba Agathon, Bishop of Maghagha, told Coptic activist Dr. Mona Roman in a televised interview on Al-Karma TV that the killers are their neighbors, who seized the opportunity of the mayhem prevailing in Egypt and the absence of police protection to slaughter the Copts. He said that he visited today the four injured Copts, who escaped death despite being shot, at Maghagha General Hospital and they told him that they recognized the main attackers as they come from the same village of Sharona. They gave the Bishop details of what happened.

"The two families were staying in their homes with their doors locked when suddenly the Islamists descended on them," said Bishop Agathon, "killing eleven and leaving for dead four others family members. In addition, they looted everything that was in the two Coptic houses, including money, furniture and electrical equipment. They also looted livestock and grain." ...

That's the really, really, bad news. On the other hand, if you're an optimist, there are some positive signs of new unity among Christians and at least some Muslims.

Posted by Richard at February 3, 2011 8:29 AM

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