Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria
Communiqué of the Alexandria Clergy Council and the Alexandria Laymen Council
While all churches of Alexandria were celebrating the last Friday of the Holy Lent, and during prayers, many churches were attacked, as follow:
1- Saint George Church in Al Hadra, in the Bab Sharq district:
At around 8:00 AM, an extremist raided the church during prayer, holding two sharp objects, one in each hand, he attacked four individuals, one of them is seriously injured and two others with moderate injuries. He was chanting extremist religious slogans, he fled afterwards
2- Saint Mark and St. Peter church in Sidi Beshr, located in Al Montazah District:
This church is located many kilometers away from the first church, at around 9:30 AM of the same day, worshippers inside the church were surprised by an extremist who was carrying two weapons, one in each hand standing at the sidewalk across from the main entrance of the church. He started stabbing worshippers who were coming out of church after the first mass while calling for Jihad, he stabbed 3 people , one of them died as a result of his stab wounds while another is seriously wounded. Worshippers tried to arrest the assailant but the police guard standing in front of church held his weapon (gun) and pointed it against the worshippers instead of the assailant!
3- Saint Mary and St. John the beloved in Janakils, located in Al Raml district:
This church is located few kilometers away from the second church, At around 10:10 AM, an extremist raided inside the church court while holding two objects one in each hand, he tried to stab a young girl standing next to her grandfather who tried to prevent him, so he fell to the ground. One of the church young men threw a chair at him so he fled , the youth chased him to the Shadas area where he vanished.
4- St. George Church in Sporting, Bab Sharq district
Finally and at 10:15 AM, another extremist tried to raid into the church but his attempt was foiled.
Despite the fact that these sorrowful events indicate that its a terrorist plan targeting the worshippers in many churches in Alexandria during Christian celebrations, we were surprised by the official statements made to the different media outlets downplaying the events and portray it in a false way even before the investigations of the public prosecution begins, this resulted in the dismay of the Coptic people specially that this despicable scenario has been repeated each time the Copts are attacks whether in alexandria or elsewhere.
Therefore, we are hereby expressing our denunciation and dismay of these repeated attacks and the official statements that undermine and insult the intelligence of the Copts and their feelings, and tamper with the future of the nation as it is completely untrue and lack transparency
Alexandria Clergy Council and the Alexandria Laymen Council