Judicial and security sources have revealed that a gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early on Monday.
This is said to be the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority. The shooting came just three days after a gunman, identified as a wanted jihadist, killed nine people in an attack on a church south of the capital.
According to reports, the assailant rode up in the back of a motorcycle taxi and opened fire on the liquor store in Cairo’s twin city Giza at around 1:30 am (2330 GMT Sunday), when the streets were still bustling with New Year revelers.
The store’s Coptic owner survived but two of his friends who were celebrating with him were killed.
Police are still investigating the motive of the attack, the sources said.
Alcohol consumption is forbidden by Islam and liquor stores, most of which are run by Copts, have come under attack in the past by hardline Muslims who believe they should be banned.
The Youth Wing of Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has expressed disappointment with Christian political office holders in the country over their continuous silence on mass killings of Christians across the country in what it described as “organised operations by Fulani herdsmen”.
In a two-page communiqué issued yesterday in Yola after a six-hour emergency meeting of the northeast officials of the group, National President of YOWICAN, David Kadzai, reminded Christian political office holders that they occupy these offices not on their personal merits, but because of the religion they practice.
He stated that even when the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, openly stated that the killer herdsmen are foreigners, the speaker, the Vice President and others did not direct the security agents concerned to fish them out.
“The police only arrest suspects when farmers attack herdsmen in a reprisal attack, but when Fulani herdsmen kill hundreds of Christians, the police suddenly cannot get suspects.”
He warned that if the federal government continues to give support to Fulani herdsmen by not taking the needed action to cage their blood thirst, the country may be moving towards anarchy in the nearest future.