Raymond Ibraham | Nov. 12, 2012
Seven pilgrims—including a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy—were shot to death, “just because they were Christian,” to quote Pope Francis during a prayer afterwards. Over 20 were left injured with bullet wounds and/or shards of broken glass.
Pictures of the aftermath posted on social media reveal “bodies soaked in blood and distorted faces of men and women.” In one video a man can be heard crying, “The gunshot got you in the head, my boy!” and repeatedly saying “What a loss!”
Three buses full of Christians were returning from St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Minya, Upper Egypt. After the first and largest bus passed the ambush point, the terrorists emerged in black 4x4s and opened fire with automatic weapons, on the second bus; six pilgrims were injured, including a small child.