Christian Carnage and Attacked Churches in Egypt
As a reflection of the enmity that Christmas provokes in the Islamic world, “Egypt’s interior ministry… said it would be allocating 230,000 security personnel to secure the country’s Christmas celebrations,” the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram reported, “to protect 2,626 churches nationwide during the celebrations.” Security measures were further “updated to ensure the safety of CCTV and metal detectors systems at all churches across the country.”
Despite these precautions, Muslim assailants managed to slaughter Christians and terrorize churches:
On December 9 in Cairo, two Islamic terror attacks claimed a total of eight Christian lives and wounded several others.
In the first attack, Muslim militants raided a Christian-owned appliance store and killed two Christian brothers.
A little later, and in the same area, two armed terrorists opened fire on the Mar Mina Coptic Orthodox Church as its members were leaving the service. The death toll might have been significantly higher had church security not been present. At least six worshippers were killed (earlier and conflicting accounts said as many as 12); one security officer was also killed in the shooting. One of the perpetrators was wearing an explosives belt and had a machine gun with 150 rounds, suggesting that the terrorists had plans for a more spectacular suicide attack that would have claimed many more lives.