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.
responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others
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.
two attackers are Mohamed Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim and Ahmed Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, both
active in Islamic extremist groups.
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
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 ."
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
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.
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 .
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.