MB condemns barbaric blast outside Alexandria church describing it as heineous and criminal
MB vehemently condemns criminal blast outside Alexandria’s church describing it as a barbaric and cowardly act of violence and a criminal act of terrorism calling for the immediate identification, investigation and punishment of perpetrators.
At least 21 people have been killed and 79 injured following the attack on a Christian church in the Sidi Bishr district in the northern governorate of Alexandria in Egypt.
According to witnesses and police sources a car parked outside the church detonated shortly after the Coptic Christian midnight mass on New Year’s Day.
Following the bombing, Christians pouring out of the church clashed with security forces that had arrived on the scene with reports of injuries, while police used teargas to disperse the crowd.
The attack comes after Egypt’s interior ministry promised it would increase security around Christian sites following threats on Egyptian Christians by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and a year after another attack on Coptic Christians – a drive-by shooting in the town of Nag Hammadi that left six Christians and one Muslim dead.
Former MB MP Hussein Ibrahim and head of the group’s administrative office in Alexandria condemns in the strongest possible terms this example of terrorists’ cynical and callous disregard for human life. He called for all round calm in these circumstances and the solidarity of Muslims and Christians, stressing that nothing will justify the terrorism, which is an aggression against Islam’s values which forbids any act of violence without distinction of language, culture or religion.
He added that the MB calls on authorities to step up and assume its responsibilities in providing the necessary security around all worshipping sites and premises and demands those responsible of this heinous crime be immediately brought to justice.