Anba Makarios, Bishop of Minya, said that martyrs and injured families of St. Samuel monastery road attack condole the rest of the congregation with their steadfastness and acceptance of God trial with joy and are sure that martyrs and injured earned a high honor and rank.
He added that their support to martyrs and injured families is inclusive, but it is primarily a spiritual support for children and visits by ministers and devotees.
He added: “We do not deny that there is a security intensification in front of churches and Diocese of Minya, especially after terrorist attacks in recent months, including surveillance cameras, patrols and Police ambushes, but the terrorists attacked an easy Sidon as visitors of St. Samuel monastery take a road deep into the desert away from ambushes, cameras and electronic gates.
“We know that it is difficult to guard all the roads leading to monasteries. as almost all the roads are depressors in the desert. It is difficult for Police men to secure them, except with innovative techniques such as long distances cameras and helicopters.
“We call for doubling Police efforts and gathering information to prevent disasters before they occur,” Minya bishop said. “The state agencies are only concerned to arrest perpetrators and bring them to trial, but they must work to prevent the crime.
He called for the follow-up of hate fatwas, speeches and articles. He pointed out that the area where the attack occurred is the nearest point between Libya and Egypt.
He said: “Despite the deep resentment and anger toward the terrorist attack, we are proud that the martyrs have kept their faith to death, we also love our country and defend it and its image in the world and pray for God to protect Egypt and all Egyptians.