On December 31, a powerful bomb exploded in front of a Christian church in the northern city of Alexandria in Egypt, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 others. Victims are worshippers who were leaving a New Year’s Mass at the church. The bomb blast was believed as a suicide attack. The attack is considered as the worst violence against Egypt’s Christian minority in a decade and it also raised suspicions of an al-Qaida role. Al-Qaida in Iraq is said to have been waging a campaign of violence against Christians in the country. Here are some photos of the serious attack.
The bomb blast took place in front of the al-Odiseen Church in the northern city of Alexandria in Egypt while about 1000 worshippers were leaving a New Year’s Mass at the church.
It is said that at least 21 people were killed and nearly 80 others were injured in the bomb attack
According to the latest news from Egypt’s Interior Ministry, the powerful explosion seemed to be a suicide bomb attack which was likely from a bomber blowing himself up among the crowd.
Although Egypt has strengthened its security around churches, the bombing still occurred.
Blood splattered the facade of the church. The blast also destroyed at least six cars and caused some ablaze on the street
The attack made a nearby mosque seriously damaged and eight Muslims wounded
1,000 Christians were attending the midnight Mass at the Saints Church. Some worshippers were leaving the church when the bomb explored about a half hour after midnight.
The bomb attack is considered as the deadliest violence involving Christians in Egypt since 1999 when at least 20 people, mostly Christians were killed in a southern town
The bombing stoked tensions that have grown between Egypt’s Christians and the Muslim majority for recent years.
The attack is considered as the worst violence against Egypt’s Christian minority in a decade
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