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Report: Extremist landscape in Egypt is where violence takes hold

December 26, 2006

from The Houston Chronicle:

The old man was already bleeding to death on the pavement outside the Church of the Saints when the attacker with the two daggers turned on Michael Adib and started to slash.

“When he came to kill me, he said: ‘Accept the Prophet Muhammad,” said Adib, a Coptic Christian who had just walked out of the church after a Friday Mass. “I was trying to see how to save my life and defend the others. It was an organized plan to kill all of us in the church.”

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Egypt’s social fabric seems to be unraveling. The mounting sectarian tensions of the last decade are a vital factor in causing the emigration of Egypt’s Coptic community, by far the largest group of Christians in the Middle East.

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“I forgive him,” Adib said of the man who tried to stab him to death on that grim Friday afternoon outside the Church of the Saints. “We are taught to forgive. But I want to know why he hates us.”

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