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January 11, 2011

BBC Needs to Get a Twitter Account - Missing Story

To its credit, the BBC is covering the recent attack on a train in Egypt that left at least one Coptic Christian dead. The BBC's local correspondent seems to be missing an important part of the story. The BBC states: "The BBC's Jon Leyne reports from Cairo that it is difficult to see how the gunmen would have known he could target Christians by boarding the train."

If the BBC had been following the #copts hashtag on Twitter, the organization would have obtained a link to this article in Al Masry Al Youm, which answers Jon Leyne's question as to how a gunman could identify and separate Christian victims out of a crowded train:

Security sources said the assailant had checked passengers for the green cross traditionally tatooed on the wrists of Coptic Christians in Egypt. After identifying several Copts, the culprit killed one of them and injured five others.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Posted by dvz at January 11, 2011 02:11 PM


Are christians required to get the tattoo by law, or is it their own decision?

DVZ Responds: A google search provides a number of links that provide information about these tatoos. Reader beware on all of them, but this page seems particularly relevant:

Posted by: Aaron at January 11, 2011 03:02 PM

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