Investigation Underway as Egyptian Government Blames Foreign Actors in Bombing
Seven people are being held for questioning over the New Year’s bombing of a church in the city of Alexandria, while 10 others have been released, according to officials.
Diaa Rashwan, Deputy Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies, believes the preliminary indication is that the attack does bear many hallmarks and styles of Iraqi al-Qaeda attacks.
Reported body autopsies reveal that the bomb used during the attack was made of nails and other solid matter, showing that the bomb was locally-made in a primitive fashion.
Eyewitnesses and victims injured in the attack cite that the main suspect was about 1.80 meters tall, had a fair complexion, was clean-shaven, wearing eye glasses, and dressed in a blue jacket and a light-coloured shirt. A security officer at the church confirmed he noticed a Skoda car with three people inside taking a long time to park at a largely empty space at the opposite side of the church adding that two of the individuals left the car while the driver stayed in the car for a long time.
In the meantime, Egypt’s Traffic Department has opened a probe on 13 cars that were reportedly parked near the site of the explosion.