Attacks against Copts ‘among deadliest acts of religious persecution’ – report

By World Watch Monitor

Attacks by members of the Islamic State group against Egypt’s Coptic Christian community “were among the deadliest acts of religious persecution” last year, according a new report presented in Washington DC yesterday, 13 September.

“Fifty-three per cent of ISIS attacks against the public in 2017 were aimed at the Coptic community,” described by the Islamist group as its “favourite prey”, having threatened “to eliminate all ‘worshippers of the Cross’”, according to the Global Extremism Monitor for 2017, published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Among other attacks, IS claimed responsibility for three church bombings in Egypt in 2016 and 2017 in which 70 people were killed and more than 100 injured.