Muslim Fundamentalists Attack Egyptian Coptic Christians (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: Muslim radicals attacked Coptic Christians at Manshiet Nasser during an escalation of religious violence in Egypt accompanying the growth of Muslim fundamentalism.
Deadly Religious Clash
On May 4, 1992, Muslim fundamentalists attacked Coptic Christians in the farming village of Manshiet Nasser, about two hundred miles south of Cairo in central Upper Egypt. The origin of this clash, the deadliest in a decade, was a feud between a Christian homeowner and a Muslim family, which had insisted that the Copt sell his house to a Muslim. Other versions of the clash mentioned the refusal of some Copts to pay “protection money” to local Muslim militants as well as revenge for the killing of a Muslim fundamentalist leader in a gun battle between Muslims and Copts two months earlier.
In the attack, whatever its cause, Muslim fundamentalists surprised Coptic farmers at dawn. They killed several farmers immediately upon arriving at their farms. Another group of militants stabbed a Christian doctor to death in his home. A third group erupted into a classroom, killing the teacher and wounding five schoolchildren. The casualties were fourteen deaths and the five wounded children. Two of the fatalities were Muslims trying to defend their Coptic neighbors. Some of the attackers were apprehended immediately.
This incident was one of several since 1981 in which Muslim militants attacked Coptic...
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