Friday, April 14, 2006

Christian killed in knife raids on Egypt churches

It's interesting that the Copts, who have been in Egypt for centuries are now facing persecution. Violence seems to be spreading out all over. Where's this going to end? How is this going to impact the Church? I don't know. At the same time I see this as an opportunity for the church to expand into areas where we aren't allowed to go. If we believe that Jesus is for everyone than we believe that the church will be able to reach those who don't truly know Him.

Attackers armed with knives went on the rampage in three Coptic churches in Egypt's second city of Alexandria today, killing one worshipper and injuring at least a dozen more.

The assailants, each armed with two knives, are believed to have slashed randomly at Christians attending Friday Mass in the simultaneous attacks. Police later said they had arrested three men.

The attacks triggered clashes between Christians and Muslims in the Sidi Bishr district, the site of the Saints Church where at least ten people were injured, two seriously.

Police said three people were wounded at the nearby Mari Girgis (St. George) Church, and four attacked at a church in Abu Qir, several miles to the east.

"The attacker stormed the church armed with a knife and shouted ’There is no God but Allah’ and ’Allah is the greatest’ before stabbing the worshippers," one of the Marie Girgis church employees told an AFP reporter at the scene. Read More.

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