Slaughter in Egypt: bomb kills Coptic Christians at mass

Another deadly attack on Christians, this time in Egypt, as they attended mass on New Year’s Day.

Details, from the AP:

A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role.

The attack came in the wake of threats by al-Qaida militants in Iraq to attack Egypt’s Christians. A direct al-Qaida hand in the bombing would be a dramatic development, as the government of President Hosni Mubarak has long denied that the terror network has a significant presence in the country. Al-Qaida in Iraq has already been waging a campaign of violence against Christians in that country.

The bombing enraged Christians, who often complain of discrimination at the hands of Egypt’s Muslim majority and accuse the government of covering up attacks on their community. In heavy clashes Saturday afternoon, crowds of Christian youths in the streets outside the church and a neighboring hospital hurled stones at riot police, who opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Egypt has seen growing tensions between its Muslim majority and Christian minority — and the attack raised a dangerous new worry, that al-Qaida or militants sympathetic to it could be aiming to stoke sectarian anger or exploit it to gain a foothold.

Nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the New Year’s Mass at the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said Father Mena Adel, a priest at the church. The service had just ended, and some worshippers were leaving the building when the bomb went off about a half hour after midnight, he said.

“The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf,” Marco Boutros, a 17-year-old survivor, said from his hospital bed. “All I could see were body parts scattered all over — legs and bits of flesh.”

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  • http://revertedxer.blogspot.com/ Gen X Revert

    Muslims are killing Christians around the world? In other news, water is wet.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    I found this story when going onto religious internet sites a while ago. None of the cable news stations I saw this a.m. even mentioned it when I was tuned in.
    Also not mentioned has been 30 Christians blown up in Nigeria by more bombs courtesy of those claiming to serve the will of Allah.
    Reminds one that to the media in America burning a paper Koran is hysterically more important than the bloody slaughter of Christians in Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iraq, and on and on by self-avowed followers of that book

  • Mike

    The Ku Klux Klan, Westboro Baptist Church, Christian Identity groups, xenophobic murderers, terrorists who kill abortion doctors, and racists who hate Muslims are all “self-avowed followers” of the Bible.

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  • Annie

    I will pray for those lost, for their families and for the perpetrators.

  • ds0490

    Deacon Bresnahan: “Also not mentioned has been 30 Christians blown up in Nigeria by more bombs courtesy of those claiming to serve the will of Allah.”

    Given time your side will even the score in that nation, Deacon. I’m sure you are well aware that the Chrsitians in the south of Nigeria have racked up a good number of Muslim corpses in the name of Jesus.

  • ds0490

    Lest anyone think that the Deacon’s comment about the media is accurate, here is a photo essay from March of last year about the violence in Nigeria.

    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/assignment-30/

    But of course, it is easier to ignore this and accuse the media of ignoring religious violence since it suits the “elite media liberals” meme conservatives like to advance.

  • pagansister

    Even at my age (not young) I have never understood how people can continue to kill other people and use their religion as an excuse. IMO all faiths are created equal—none superior to another. What is unfortunate is that many feel their religion is THE religion, and all others are wrong. To solve that, the extremists go about killing in the name of their particular God. What good does that do? None.


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