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An eyewitness report indicates a Coptic woman was recently attacked by Islamic extremists while delivering medicine to the sick near her church in the suburbs of Cairo, Egypt. The attack is one of many carried out by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after the toppling of former leader Mohamed Morsi.
Although several Egyptian media outlets did not report on last Friday's violent attack in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, an eyewitness of the gruesome event still managed to relay their story to 90 Minutes, a program of the al-Mehwar satellite network.
One Coptic Christian told the media outlet of the horrific event on Friday, when a mob of Islamic extremists reportedly attacked 25-year-old Mary Sameh George, a Copt who was delivering medicine to an elderly friend near her church when attackers noticed a cross hanging from the rear view mirror in her car. They then reportedly attacked her in her car, eventually pulling her out onto the street where she was stabbed.
"Once they saw that she was a Christian [because of the cross hanging on her rear view mirror], they jumped on top of the car, to the point that the vehicle was no longer visible," the eyewitness told "90 Minutes."
"The roof of the car collapsed in. When they realized that she was starting to die, they pulled her out of the car and started pounding on her and pulling her hair-to the point that portions of her hair and scalp came off. They kept beating her, kicking her, stabbing her with any object or weapon they could find."
The attacks were reportedly a part of other riots from Islamic extremists who are revolting against the recent announcement that Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who previously served as commander-in-chief of the country's Armed Forces, announced that he would be running for president. Sisi played an integral role in the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood political party. Morsi's ousting caused many members of the Muslim Brotherhood to revolt against the country's interim government.
Recently, Islamic extremists also attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Churches in the Ain Shams suburb. Riot police were also dispatched to Cairo University's main campus this week to quell the daily protests of Islamic students that have been a regular occurrence since Morsi left office.
The Australian Coptic Movement Association released a statement to CNS News condemning the recent, fatal attack against Mary Sameh George, calling it "callous, vicious and unprovoked."
"Mary George was targeted for her faith in what is becoming an increasingly intolerable and inhospitable region for Christians; given that Ain Shams is a known stronghold for the Muslim Brotherhood," the statement continued, referencing the neighborhood where George was murdered.
"The Egyptian government must send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated and that the culprits will be held to account under the full force of the law," the statement added.
As civil unrest continues in the North African county, Egypt will plan to hold its next presidential elections on May 26 and 27.