Details from the Cairo terror attack on Friday are emerging. We now know that of the 29 Coptic Christians who were killed, ten were children.
A bus that was taking Christian families to pray at an ancient monastery south of Cairo was ambushed by at least 10 masked assailants dressed in military uniforms. The masked killers demanded that everyone profess their allegiance to Allah, according to Bishop Makarios, a Coptic clergyman in Minya Province. Many of the victims were shot in the head and chest, only three children survived the attack.
The terrorists reportedly made videos of themselves and then left flyers about the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which began that same day.
Over the past few months there have been four attacks perpetrated against Egypt’s Christian minority, and this latest one took place only days after the terror attack in Manchester. In both cases, it appears children were the targets.
In response to the attack, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi immediately ordered military strikes on a Libyan airbase, which is where the attackers had trained, according to Egyptian military. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task,” said el-Sisi.
Trump stated, “America stands with President Al Sisi and all the Egyptian people today, and always, as we fight to defeat this common enemy.”
Egypt’s Coptic Christians make up approximately 10 percent of the country’s 93 million people, the majority of whom are Muslims. They are considered to be the Middle East’s largest Christian community, but they often suffer from discrimination and worse at the hands of Muslims.
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