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Four Dead After Muslim Brotherhood Open Fire on Egypt Churches

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Mar 31
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Four people died Friday in a suburb of Cairo after Muslim brotherhood supporters opened fire on two churches in the area.

The supporters also set fire to parked cars during the attack.

One woman was mauled and molested because she had a cross in her car.

“Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible,” Mary Sameh George, an eyewitness told “90 Minutes.” “The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find.”

Other eyewitnesses have said that the Egyptian State Security did not intervene in the attacks.

Coptic Bishop Raphaeil wrote:

Oh how lucky you are, Mary, you who are beloved of Christ. They tore your body because of the Cross. Yet they offered you the greatest service and gave you a name of honor as one who has attained the crown of martyrdom.

According to the Christian Post, the majority of attacks on Egypt's Christians happen on Friday, the same day that Muslims gather for prayers in the mosques.