Egyptian gunmen kill three outside church in Cairo suburb

CAIRO Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:53pm EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Egyptian wedding guests outside a Coptic Christian church in a Cairo suburb on Sunday night, killing three people, security sources said.

The masked assailants shot randomly at the people as they left the church, the sources said. It was not immediately clear if those killed were Christians, they said.

State news agency MENA reported that one of the dead was an eight-year-old child.

A Coptic priest at the wedding told Reuters he was inside the church when gunfire broke out. Thomas Daoud Ibrahim said he rushed outside to find a dead man, a dead woman, and "many injured".

Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, and have generally coexisted peacefully with majority Sunni Muslims for centuries, despite bouts of sectarian tension.

But the army's overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 has been followed by the worst attacks on churches and Christian properties in years.

The immediate trigger for the attacks was a bloody security crackdown in Cairo on August 14, when police dispersed two Islamist protest camps set up to demand the reinstatement of Mursi, and killed hundreds of his supporters.

(Reporting By Maggie Fick and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Alistair Lyon and Paul Simao)

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Comments (6)
mohamedmohsen wrote:
Egyptians are fighting terrorists and killers, Obama stops aid to our military fighting these militants. I hope he understands and use info from good reliable people Not from the moslem brotherhood and affiliates

Oct 20, 2013 6:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:
The Egyptian Coptics are being treated like the Egyptian Jews decades ago. They were shot & beaten, their homes, businesses and synagogues burned to the ground. They were allowed to flee with just the clothes on their backs. Same thing happened in Iran many yrs ago as well.
Time for the Copts to “Cope Out”. At least they can take their money with them. Israel would accept them and they could flourish there, free and protected. Christians have the highest employment rate of any group in Israel because they are of an intelligent religion.

Oct 20, 2013 7:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
atheist0579 wrote:
Islam: “Religion of Peace” at work.

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