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Coptic Christians in Egypt are the most targeted Christian group in the country. All activities outside the church have been halted indefinitely. The Coptic Pope had warned church leaders of the looming threats of ISIS. The lockdown stemmed from the constant attacks perpetrated by Islamic terrorists on Christians. Since December 2016, over 100 believers have been killed: in April, 44 people were killed in 2 church bombing attacks and just a month later and the militant group claimed responsibility for killing 29 pilgrims travelling to a monastery in central Egypt. During this dangerous time, the Egyptian government has provided minimal increases in security for Coptic Christians.

07/19/2017 Egypt (Express) – The Coptic Christian denomination in Egypt – the most targeted Christian group in the country – has been issued orders to halt all activities and events outside their churches due to security threats.

A source told Reuters the Coptic Pope had warned individual church leaders of an Islamist threat against the community, asking them to ensure day-to-day church activities were temporarily suspended.

The instructions follow a recent bout of Islamic State attacks against Egyptian Copts, with more than 100 believers killed in Egypt since December.

In May, the militant group claimed responsibility for killing 29 pilgrims travelling to a monastery in central Egypt.

Just a month earlier, 44 people were killed in bomb attacks at a cathedral and another church on Palm Sunday.

The rise of militant activity in Egypt has driven the Coptic Church to seek precautionary measures, with the Egyptian government providing increased security.

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