Persecution Article

Minya bus attack victims died after refusing to deny Christian faith

On Jun 01, 2017 09:56 AM EDT
Bus Terror

Based on the accounts of the survivors of the Minya bus attack, the ISIS militants who attacked the Coptic Christians did not just open fire on their convoy on their way to a monastery. New details reveal that the jihadists asked the victims to disembark from their vehicle and asked them one by one if they were Christians, Breitbart details.

Father Rasheed, a chaplain of the group, said each of the Christian pilgrim who exited the bus were asked to reject their faith and embrace Islam. However, all of them did not give in to what the militants wanted, including the children, so they were shot either on the head or the throat. The bloody attack left 29 of the Copts dead.

The Minya bus attack happened in the middle of a three-month state of emergency in Egypt, which was declared after the twin church attacks on Palm Sunday that killed 46 Coptic Christians. ISIS has claimed responsibility for all of those deadly attacks.

Following the Minya bus attack, U.S. President Donald Trump released a statement and called the incident a "merciless slaughter of Christians." He also said the attack strengthens the resolve of many countries to unite against terrorism.

The latest attack targeting Egypt's Coptic Christians has prompted the religious minority to denounce the government's failure to protect them. The government has promised to tighten security after the Palm Sunday bombings, but many of the local Christians think that the declaration of a state of emergency has not done much to achieve that goal, The Guardian reports.

Eid Fares Ishak, a relative of two of the victims in the Minya bus attack, said the government should have searched the area immediately after the incident and not wait for several hours. Mina Adel, who had a friend who died in the attack, said the state of emergency was just announced to soothe the public, but they were already fed up and people no longer respected the authorities because of their lack of action on the situation.



Two Coptic Christians from the village of Ezbat El-Sheikh Nageim in Minya, Upper Egypt, are being accused of inciting sectarian strife and are now facing arrest after a comment shared on Facebook sparked a riot among a number of Muslims in their village.
Christians gathered together with Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims at the Aishbagh Eidgah in India to protest the ongoing "genocide" of religious minorities in Rohingya at the hands of the Myanmar government.
A U.S. Senate committee voted on Sept. 19 to advance a bill which aimed to provide aid to Christian genocide victims in Iraq and those who were forcibly displaced as a result of the atrocities of the Islamic State in 2014.