Egypt President, PM pay condolences to Coptic Pope over church attack

Tuesday 22 Oct 2013

Coptic Pope Tawadros II receives condolences from Egypt's interim leaders after church attack kills four, including two children

Church funeral
Egyptian mourners carry the coffin of one of several Copt Christians who were killed on Sunday, during their funeral in Warraq's Virgin Church in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, 21 October 21, 2013 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Interim President Adly Mansour and Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi paid their condolences late Monday to Coptic Pope Tawadros II after an attack on the Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo killed four and injured 18.

Army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also called the Pope to pay his condolences.

“Egyptians are able to combat terrorism,” he said in comments reported by Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

El-Beblawi described the shooting as a "cowardly criminal act" in a short press statement on Sunday.

Two girls – aged 12 and eight – were among the dead, in addition to a man and a woman. Eighteen others were injured, some of whom are in a critical condition.

The shooting took place on Sunday when a man opened fire randomly at a wedding ceremony before fleeing the scene.

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