Sunni Muslim mob murders Coptic Christians in Assiut, Egypt

Two Coptic Christians were murdered in Egypt on April 29th when Muslim mobs attacked Christians in a neighborhood of Assiut, a city in Upper Egypt. The attack followed a dispute between a Coptic Orthodox family and a Sunni Muslim family over the ownership of a plot of land. Fides news agency said the news was confirmed by Coptic Catholic Bishop Anba Kyrillos William of Assiut.
 
The funeral for the two Coptic Christian victims was celebrated in St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Manfalut, a city that lies approximately 20 miles from Assiut. Members of the tiny Coptic Christian community thronged to the liturgy.
 
Bishop Anba Kyrillos was quoted, saying "On the same day, the young Coptic entrepreneur, Mohsen Morris was kidnapped in Quseya, 50 km north of Assiut. The kidnappers took him aboard his new car, which he had just bought, and forced the family to pay a ransom of 250,000 Egyptian pounds (US$35,000, ed.)"


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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