Egyptian Christian Church Suffers Fatal Bomb Attack

Almost two dozen people were killed earlier this weekend in an attack on a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, when a bomb exploded shortly after the New Year’s mass.  Egypt’s Health Ministry says that at least 21 people were killed and 96 wounded.  This is the worst attack against Egypt’s Christian minority in recent history.  Nearly 1,000 people attended Mass at the church that night.

The Coptic Christian population, which numbers about 10 percent of Egyptians, is vulnerable to periodic violence which critics say the government ignores, or even exacerbates.  Two altercations last year, one in southern Egypt and one in Cairo, left a handful of people dead.

It’s unclear what caused the bomb to explode, although the Interior Ministry says that investigations are pointing to a suicide bomber.  The attack followed a kind of warning from overseas; a militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq posted on a website, promising more violence.  They took credit for the attack on a Baghdad church in October.

However, there’s still significant ambiguity about who caused the attack and why.  According to the New York Times, Diaa Rashwan of the Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said that while Al Qaeda has no presence in Egypt, “This is a new method. It has Al Qaeda features. I think it is a group of Egyptians who were planning this for a while.”

In the aftermath of the attack, Christians were quick to say that Egyptians were behind the violence, while Muslims attributed it to outsiders.  But whoever caused the attack, it’s clear that there are sectarian divisions which the government needs to address.  I wrote earlier this month about Christians who have been forced by violence to flee Iraq, where they are even more of a minority than in Egypt; let’s hope that Egyptian Christians (or any other religious or ethnic minority) don’t start to feel the same kind of danger.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.


Fadia C.
Fadia C.5 years ago

very bad news....

Gloria W.
Gloria W.5 years ago

very bad news!!!

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters5 years ago

Islam is the foulest society on earth, they don't respect anybody, any other beliefs and most of all they cannot stand each other. That is actually our salvation, USA get out of those countries; they will self destruct. USA look after your own people and those of your allies instead of greed, like selling weapons to your enemies. Even if the US has a slight thought of being a power you have to change your plan. Nazi Germany got sucked into total war by war mongers (we all know who C........) Right, as a German born person, no matter what the US did under Eisenhauer after Germany surrendered, and others of their allies. Well I am not talking of wishing you bad luck or getting even. No, the contrary I hope you recover and see the light, or you will self destruct like any other power wanting to be, and there is plenty of competition as you know.

Ellene J.
Past Member 5 years ago

Just another act of violence and desecration of another culture by muslims. Separation of church and state must be brought about for Islam to stop the violence against non-muslims like Darfur. Why Coptic christians?

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio5 years ago

Buen articulo

Manuela C.
Manuela C.5 years ago

Terrible news!

bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

I surrender jack; You just intimidate me way too much.
Thought I could shake you off with a little humour and let it go; but no, you gotta rag on.
Ciao Jack.

Jack T.
Jack T.5 years ago

Bob M: "As to your punky little blerb at the end; Ya...and yer mudda wears combat boots"

Well done, Bob! I'd say you have just confirmed that my 'moron' comment was fully justified! Grow up, son!

bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

Did you read my comment Jack?
Don't think so.
As to your punky little blerb at the end; Ya...and yer mudda wears combat boots.

Jack T.
Jack T.5 years ago

Bob M: "England was a 2ndary player.
If Russia had not given millions of lives and remained neutral and unhelped; You would still be buying Shnitzel in London."

During the D-Day landings, British & Commonwealth troops numbered 83,115, US troops were 73,000. In WW2, Britain and the Commonwealth countries lost 579,300 troops (Britain 382,700, Commonwealth 196,600) The US lost 416,000, and that included the many losses in the Pacific. I agree it was a joint effort but talk of 'secondary player', 'speaking German' and 'eating schnitzel' is just plain stupid. But keep it up, Bob, you seem to be pretty good at making arrogant, moronic comments and you are always good for a chuckle!