Last Update 16:32
Saturday, 19 October 2019

St. Peter's church bombing targeted Egyptians, not only Christians: Coptic Pope

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Jan 2017
Church
Pope Tawadros presiding prayer at the Cairo Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul's Church during the 40 days memorial service on Monday (Photo: Facebook)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2751
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2751

Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, said Monday during a memorial service for the victims of December's St. Peter and St. Paul's Church bombing that the terrorist attack targeted all Egyptians — not only the Coptic Church or the Christian community.

Monday's service was held at the church where the attack took place to mark 40 days of mourning for the victims.

In his remarks, the religious leader expressed gratitude for the condolences and solidarity of all Egyptians for the victims and the Church, emphasising that all citizens felt the devastation of the attack.

He also thanked Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and state officials for their condolences to the families of the victims. 

Cairo's St. Peter and St. Paul's Church reported earlier this month that the death toll from the bombing had risen to 28, following the death of a 60-year-old woman injured in the blast.

On 11 December, A suicide bomber, identified as 22-year-old Egyptian national Mahmoud Shafiq Mohamed Mostafa, set off explosives in the women’s section of St. Peter and St. Paul's church in Cairo, killing 23 people instantly, mostly women and children, and wounding over 40 others.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, whereas Egypt's interior ministry accused members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation residing in Qatar of plotting the bombing.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.