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Four Dead in Egypt Christian Wedding Attack

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A burning church in Egypt. Photo: IPT News. Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that the death toll of the attack on an Egyptian Christian wedding on Sunday has risen to four following the death of an eight-year-old girl.

Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on wedding guests as they left the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, a working-class neighborhood near Giza, Egypt. In addition to the four deaths, 18 people were injured in the attack, Ahram Online reported.

Father Bishoy Lofty, pastor of the Virgin Mary church, said churchgoers were confused and angered.

“They feel sad and angry. The young people are wondering why this is happening to them, why anyone would want to turn a wedding ceremony sad and target innocent people,” Father Lotfy told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

On Monday, Major General Hani Abdel Latif, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said security forces have arrested a number of suspects behind the attack, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Egyptian Christians have come under assault since the military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in early July. In mid-August, more than 40 Christian churches, schools, homes, and charities were attacked in a wave of violence by Islamists loyal to Morsi.

Egyptian Christians represent nearly 10 percent of the country’s 85 million people, making it the largest single Christian community remaining in the Middle East.

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