After the recent events of Dahshur, Egypt, when thousands of Muslims rampaged and plundered Christian homes—in a conflict that began when a Christian laundry worker accidentally burned the shirt of a Muslim—news now comes from Asyut, Egypt, of a Muslim “gang” attacking Christian homes, abducting children, and demanding money—ransoms and extortions as a form of tribute, or jizya (see here).
According to Al Akhbar News, last Tuesday, “hundreds of Christians gathered before the Asyut Security Directorate in Manfalut Municipality, demanding that police protect them, their children, and houses from a gang attacking their homes and imposing tributes on them.” Led by two men Mustafa al-Sissi and Mustafa al-Asmar, “the gang kidnapped the son of a Coptic Christian last week and did not release him until his family paid a ransom of 3,000 EGP.”
Most recently, the Muslim gang “attacked the house of Romani Murad al-Gawli [another Copt], releasing several gunshots in the air, and threatening him either to pay or die.”
The gang, which comes from a town called Abdul-Rasul, “picked this specific village because Copts form 80% of its inhabitants.”
The report concludes with an all too familiar note: “After numerous calls for help” and after “filing several reports in vain,” the Christian villagers decided to demonstrate.