One Christian was killed and at least 21 were injured by Muslim rioters during a violent assault on mourners attending a funeral at St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday. The attack was the third day of anti-Christian violence in Egypt which has claimed five Christian lives.
A funeral procession held at St Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassia, Cairo honouring four Christians who were killed on Friday was attacked by a mob of some 200 Muslims on 7 April. The assault started when Muslims began pelting mourners with stones on Sunday morning.
This quickly escalated into a massive attack on the cathedral involving firearms, Molotov cocktails, and tear gas. At least one Christian was killed from gunshot wounds and more than a dozen were injured.
Tensions leading up to the assault ignited Friday when youth spray-painted inflammatory symbols, including a swastika, on an Islamic institution that led to a quarrel with onlookers in Shubra el-Kheima, located just north of Cairo.
The argument spiralled into a street fight involving automatic weapons. Meanwhile, a local imam called on Muslims who own weapons to, “Kill the Christians and cleanse el-Kheima [of] infidels,” during Friday prayers.
The mob attacked a Baptist church and damaged a nursery run by St George Coptic Church, in addition to destroying and looting several Christian-owned businesses. Four Christians and one Muslim were killed in the violence. Sources: International Christian Concern, Morning Star News, Deutsche Welle