Egyptian Christians (2010) - Triple Attack
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell.
Six Christians and a security guard were killed when three gunmen stormed a worship service at a church in the city of Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt, on 6 January 2010, the eve of the Eastern Christmas Day, which is 7 January.
This attack followed threats to the church minister, apparently because of his outspoken criticism of earlier violence against Christians in the neighbouring town of Farshout by a Muslim mob, and requests for compensation for those who had lost property and businesses there.
During the violence on 21 November, ten pharmacies and 55 Christian-owned shops and businesses had been looted, vandalised and burnt; cars were attacked and Christian families thrown out of their homes, and at least seven Christians were injured.
Following the church shooting on 6 January, there were further assaults against the Christian community in the nearby town of Baghoura just two days later. A Muslim mob armed with swords and gas cylinders looted and torched homes, shops and cars belonging to local Christians. One woman died when her home was set alight.
In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgement, Good Lord, deliver us.
From the Litany, Book of Common Prayer
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is the International Director of Barnabas Fund and the Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life
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Originally appeared on Isaac Publishing