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11/29/2018 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  An intruder who broke into a Cairo Church and attacked two Christians while shouting Islamic slogans has had his case referred to a Court of Misdemeanors, reports CoptsToday. This court has decided to also present his case to a psychiatric hospital.

The victims of the attack, as well as several witnesses, say that the intruder held a Koran while attacking them and heard him say that he wanted to kill them because they were Christians. However, the authorities are claiming that he committed this action because of a mental illness and not because of Islamic extremism. Many local Christians have expressed frustration that the authorities continue to ignore the root cause of the persecution which they face on a daily basis.

Acts and threats of violence are frequently directed towards Egypt’s Christians, most of whom live in the Governorate of Minya. Last year was a particularly violent year for believers. Furthermore, Christians often face educational and job discrimination, a denial of basic rights, and legal restrictions.

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