Coptic Christian Family Attacked by Knife-Wielding Muslim Man Outside Their Home in Egypt

Coptic priests pray during Egypt’s Coptic Christmas eve mass in a church of the Samaan el-Kharaz Monastery in the Mokattam Mountain area of Cairo, Egypt January 6, 2017. | REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Three members of a Coptic Christian family in Upper Egypt were attacked outside their home by a dagger-wielding Muslim man, leaving one son in critical condition. 

Morning Star News, a leading persecution monitoring nonprofit news outlet, has reported on the case of Shinoda Aziz. Aziz, along with his mother and a younger brother, were attacked Sunday while sitting outside his family’s home in the Nassiriya village, near Beni Mazar, in the Minya Governorate.

According to news reports, the suspect, known only as Ali M, approached the Coptic family while they were sitting outside in front of their home on Sunday night.

The suspect is accused of telling the family that they should not sit outside because no Christians are allowed outside. The man is said to have shouted for them to go back inside.

However, Aziz, the eldest son, objected to the assailant’s demands and stood up to him.

According to sources, the suspect then walked to his house to grab a weapon, a dagger, before walking back to Aziz’s family’s home where he attacked them. When Aziz’s mother began to scream, neighbors said the assailant stabbed her in the head and then attacked her youngest son, who suffered cuts to his face.

Aziz was taken to the hospital with several wounds to his stomach.

Morning Star News reports that police have arrested the suspect in connection with the stabbings. Additionally, witnesses are being questioned.

Sources in Minya told Morning Star News that the village where the attack occurred is largely peaceful and has a predominant Coptic population.

In Egypt as a whole, Christians comprise about 10 percent of the national population, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List report.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith