Muslim Brotherhood Militants Attack Egyptian Church over Plans to Honor Coptic Christian Martyrs
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Mar 30
Muslim Brotherhood members attacked a church after the church planned an honor for the 21 Coptic Christians killed by ISIS in Egypt.
"I called the police many times and asked them to come to guard us but they came late and after their arrival they didn't guard the church,” said Fr. Makar Issa, the priest of the Virgin Mary Church in Al-Our village in Egypt. “They stopped in the entrance of the village. Even still they allowed the cars of the attackers to enter the village and attack us and the church without any intervention from them to protect us.”
Six Christians were injured in the Friday incident, with three suffering severe injuries.
Said Al-Our resident Milad Nageh: "At 8 p.m., a group of armed Muslim young men in six or seven cars from nearby villages stormed our village. Many Muslim fanatic young men joined those who came from the other nearby villages and attacked the [Virgin Mary] church.
"They shot guns at the church and pelted the church with stones and blocks.”
The Christian Post reports the church is in the hometown of 13 of the Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS in February. The church had plans to build a new church that honored the killed Coptic Christians.
Publication date: March 30, 2015