Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Egyptian Copts ‘terrorized’ by gang

Pray for Christians in Egypt!
Since late January, Copts in Minya province, Egypt, have suffered repeated attacks from a large gang of thugs who target Christians, reported Release International.

The first attack on a Coptic family occurred on January 28. The family reported the assault to police but withdrew their allegations after receiving death threats from the gang.

On January 29, the gang leader raped two Coptic women, threatening to kill their children if they took the matter to police. In another assault, gang members kidnapped a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy; their families were forced to pay ransoms to secure their release.

The gang has also reportedly imposed a night-time curfew on Copts. Copts in Minya are dismayed that the police and army have not taken more decisive steps to detain gang members and their leader.

Pray that authorities will take action to apprehend the gang members in Minya province.

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