Deadly attack outside Cairo church wedding

Listen this video, 1.37 min, published on AlJazeera, Oct 21, 2013.

Eight-year-old girl among three victims of shooting in latest attack apparently targeting Egypt’s Coptic Christians.

Three people including an eight-year-old girl have been killed by armed men who opened fire on a group of people leaving a wedding at a Coptic church in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The group was targeted late on Sunday night as it emerged from the church in north Cairo’s Al-Warak neighbourhood, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said … //

… “There are still some who wrongly accuse the Christians to be responsible for the ousting of President [Mohamed Morsi],” he said.

Angelos said there is no justification for killing of an eight-year-old girl.

Religious animosity:

Egyptian Christians, the majority of whom are Copts, have been targeted since the removal of Morsi and, in particular, since an August 14 crackdown by security forces on two Cairo camps of Morsi’s Islamist supporters.

Islamists were angered by the deadly crackdown and they accuse Coptic Chrisitians of backing the coup that toppled Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood and was Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

This perception was reinforced by the appearance of Coptic Pope Tawadros II alongside army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi when he announced on television Morsi’s removal from office. Muslim leaders and other politicians were also present.

Rights groups say that Copts, who account for six to 10 percent of Egypt’s 85 million people, have come under attack mainly in the provinces of Minya and Assiut in central Egypt.

On October 9 London-based Amnesty International said that more than 200 Christian-owned properties were attacked and 43 churches seriously damaged across the country since the August 14 crackdown against Morsi supporters in Cairo.
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Links:

Deadly blast kills women and children in southern Syria, says rights group, on AlJazeera America, Oct 16, 2013: 6 women and 4 children were among the dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights …;

The challenge for Egypt’s Copts, on AlJazeera, by Alaa Bayoumi, April 23, 2013: Cairo is witnessing a backlash from the Christian community after tensions recently spilled over into deadly violence: Clashes between Muslims and Christian Copts in Egypt over the past few weeks have left 10 people dead, bringing decades-old sectarian tension back to the forefront in the Arab world’s most populous country …;

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