Egypt Gunmen Open Fire On Coptic Christian Wedding In Cairo

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Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo.

At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials stated.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Egypt’s Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July.

The unidentified attackers fired indiscriminately as people left the church.

A man and a girl were killed outside the church and a woman died on her way to hospital.

Coptic priest Thomas Daoud Ibrahim told Reuters he was inside the church when the gunfire erupted.

Another priest, Beshay Lotfi, told Egyptian media that the church had been left without a police guard since the end of June.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of Christianity’s oldest, founded in Alexandria around 50 AD.
Christians make up at least 10% of the population in Egypt, or well over eight million people.

When the chief of the army, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi went on television to announce that President Morsi had been removed from power, Pope Tawadros II appeared alongside him.

Pope Tawadros stated.that the “roadmap” mentioned by the general had been devised by honourable people, who had Egypt’s best interests at heart.

Some Islamists took this as a sign that the Church had conspired in their leader’s overthrow.

Pope Tawadros has received death threats, while several Christians have been killed. Christian shops, homes and businesses have also been targeted.

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Football Violence Erupts In Cairo, Venue For Ghana-Egypt World Cup Playoff Clash In Danger

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Egypt’s hopes of hosting Ghana in Cairo in the second-leg of 2014 World Cup qualifying playoff is teetering on the brink of collapse after violence broke out in Cairo on Thursday night following riots by fans of local football giants Zamalek.Egypt military authorities were reluctant to open the banned Cairo International Stadium for the match with Ghana in November because of the potential of violence and protests erupting during the match in the volatile country.With football fans now rioting in the streets of Cairo, the military authorities are unlikely to approve the request by the Egyptian FA to open the stadium for the decisive clash.The Egyptian FA must name the venue and date for the match by the FIFA deadline of Friday, the military are not keen to open risk the potential of violence erupting.Members of a hardcore group of fans of Zamalek football club, the Ultras White Knights (UWK), stormed the club’s headquarters in Cairo on Thursday following a protest demanding changes to the club’s leadership.Minor clashes are ongoing between security forces and the Ultras White Knights, a group of hardcore Zamalek football club fans, near the club’s headquarters in Giza.An Al Ahram reporter at the scene stated.that military police are firing shots in the air to disperse the crowd near Zamalek recreational club and are also arresting people.The Ultras had stormed the club’s headquarters following a protest demanding changes to the club’s leadership.They reportedly torched some buildings inside the club, which is located in the Mit Okba district close to Mohandiseen.Protesters demanded the resignation of chairman Mamdouh Abbas for his “failures in leading the club”, as well as that of first team coach Helmy Toulan after the club failed to qualify for the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

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