Islamic State in Egypt promises more attack on Christian
A chilling 20-minute Islamic state video warns the Coptic Christian community that “God gave orders to kill every infidel” and that Christians are the “favourite prey”.
Abu Abdullah al-Masri, the militant who blew himself up at the central Cairo church in December that killed nearly 30 people, was shown in the video and the narrator said the attack, in December last year, was “only the beginning.” Another masked militant identified as Abu Zubair al-Masri declared, “Oh worshippers of the cross … the soldiers of the state are watching you.”
In the video, IS threatened all Coptic Christians, the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, and al-Azhar clerics. The group particularly showed footage of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Pope, Christian businessmen, judges and priests who speak of the need to protect the minority Christians within Egypt’s Muslim majority.
The video also called leading Egyptian clerics ‘apostates’ because of their criticism of IS attacks on Christians naming particularly in the video, Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Imam of al-Azhar mosque, and Salafi sheikh Mohammed Hassan and singled out the Sawiris family, Egypt’s most famous billionaire Christian family.
The video said Christians were no longer “dhimmis,” (non-Muslims who are covered by state protection in Islam). The terror group said the Christians are “infidels” who have broken their “contracts” with the Muslims, for assisting the West against Egypt thereby becoming agents of “the crusaders against the Islamic faith”.
The terror group, IS, in the video, said, “To my brothers in prison, we swear we will free Cairo soon, and free you, and come with explosions.”
In the video, IS said Copts in Egypt are up to 18 million and that that Coptic investment made up 40 percent of Egypt’s economy. These claims are false.
Attacks on Coptic Christians have escalated since December last year. The Egyptian president, El-Sissi has continued to assure the Christians in Egypt of protection and has visited the Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo on some occasions, however, the attacks against the Church and Christians and their businesses have not abated, especially in the suburbs.