Good Friday Attacks on Coptic Churches in Alexandria
Sectarian Violence one more time in Alexandria
Worshippers at three Christian churches came under attack from knife-wielding assailants during Mass Friday. Police said one worshipper was killed and more than a dozen wounded in the simultaneous attacks in the northern city of Alexandria.
The killed victim was indentified as Naser Atta Gergis. Witnesses on said on TV stabbers were running after worshippers, among them were children who were protected by their parents. Egyptian Christians complained that the security's first reaction was so neutral and that it did not interfer for protection.
News reports said that more churches were targetted, however the police foiled the organized timely attackes on the churches.
Egyptian TV reporterd that the Governor of Alexandria said one of the attackers was an ex-police officer who is mentally disturbed. This is so repulsive. The government of Egypt is the government of excuses. Any incident that happens in Egypt and denied any logical or objective explanation is blamed on mentally-disturbed people...
Hundreds of Christians gathered in angry protest outside the Coptic Christian churches, and witnesses said clashes erupted between Christians and Muslims.
Initial police reports said a total of 17 people were injured: 10 at the Saints Church in downtown Alexandria and three at the nearby Mar Girgis Church. A third attacker wounded four worshippers at a church in Abu Qir, a few miles to the east.
One worshipper was killed and at least two others were in serious condition, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The attack comes on what is Good Friday to many of the world's Christians. However, Egypt's Coptic Christians, and other followers of the Greek Orthodox church, celebrate the holiday a week later.
When I hear about simultaneous string of attacks on civilians in Iraq by timely suicide attacks, we call it terrorism. These string of attacks in Alexandria on worshippers, I have no other description for it but terrorism, terrorizing innocent citiznes. It is shocking for me, because when I read local media and I hear Islamic and non-Islamic figures the only thing they say "we want to show the tolerant face of Islam". Are these attacks what they mean by Islam's tolerance?
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