By Andrew V. Pestano
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Friday, May 26, 2017
23 Killed in Attack Targeting Egypt's Coptic Christians - Update: Egypt Attacks Libya
Update: May 26, 12:50 PM PST -
Egypt bombs militant camps in Libya
Egypt's fighter jets have struck militant camps in the aftermath of the deadly attack on Christians, country's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has said.
Egypt’s President vowed to continue striking any bases, used to train militants, who carry out terrorist attacks in the country, regardles of the camps' location, Reuters cited him as saying. He also reiterated call that the countries financing, training and arming terrorists should not get away unpunished.
By Andrew V. Pestano
Egypt's Coptic Christians have been targeted in a deadly attack as at least 23 died in a shooting carried out by unidentified gunmen on Friday. Attacks against Coptic Christians led Egypt's president to declare a three-month state of emergency in April. File Photo by Karem Ahmed/UPI | License Photo
UPI -- Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in the Minya province Friday, killing at least 23 people and injuring 25 others, an Egyptian security official said.
The bus was heading toward the Monastery of St. Samuel on a road near El Edwa city in Minya, about 140 miles south of Cairo. Faisal Dewidar, the director of security for Minya, told Egypt Independent that unknown militants shot the bus, adding that all injured were immediately transferred to the nearest hospital.
The Copts United media outlet said the militants were hiding in a hill overlooking the road until the bus approached and they launched the assault.
Islamic State, or just Islam?
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State has previously launched attacks targeting Egypt's Coptic Christians.
On Sunday, Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadik said he referred 48 suspected Islamic State militants to a military court over the bombing of Coptic churches.
The Islamic State took responsibility for bombing the St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Cairo's al-Abbasiya neighborhood in December and also took credit in April for targeting the Saint Mark's Church in Alexandria and the Mar Girgis church in Tanta.
More than 70 people died in the attacks targeting the Coptic churches. Following the attacks in April, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency.
Egypt is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a Christian. Islamic State supporters are certainly responsible for most of the carnage, but not all, like the mob who torched 7 Christian homes and paraded an elderly Christian woman through the streets naked. This happened to occur not far from where the bus was attacked today.
Many Muslim in predominantly Muslim countries are extremely sensitive and highly volatile. They are extremely protective of their god and prophet, because they are incapable of protecting themselves.
A partial list of Christian martyrs from 2016 from around the world numbers 1318. All of them were killed by Muslims. Some were radicalized Muslims, some were ordinary Muslims.
One more thing - you will not see this story on MSM. Mainstream media is hostile to Christians and sympathetic to Muslims. How many Muslims were murdered by Christians last year. Six Muslims were murdered in Quebec last winter but the perpetrator did not claim to be Christian, nor did he have any apparent affiliation with any Christians. I'm sure if there were any Muslims killed by Christians, it would have been front page news for days. And MSM wonders why people are losing confidence in them.
El Edwa, Minya, Egypt