Egyptian Minister Denies Sectarianism In The Killing Of Two Policemen

Latif
Latif

A spokesman for Egyptian Interior Ministry, Hany Abdel Latif, has disproved insinuation that the shooting to death, on Wednesday, of  two policemen guarding the country’s Coptic Church in Cairo was sectarian.  “[It] has nothing to do with any of the holidays of our Coptic brothers, it is instead aimed at the security forces, to try to undermine their resolve,” Latif told state newspaper Al-Ahram. The Muslim Brotherhood has no love lost for the minority Coptic Church for supporting the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, a situation many have explained for the persistent attacks on churches and Christians-owned properties in the country’s south. But the Brotherhood has denied having a hand in the attacks, accusing the army sustaining the allegation to justify its crackdown on the dissident Muslim group. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are about 10 percent of the country’s 85 million population. The church’s Christmas is being celebrated Wednesday.

 

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