Egypt condemns terrorist attacks in Liverpool and Kampala

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Nov 2021

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Al-Azhar condemned on Tuesday the terrorist attacks conducted in each of Liverpool and the Ugandan capital of Kampala this week, affirming its solidarity against terrorism.

Ministry of Foreign

In a statement, Egypt’s leading Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, condemned a bombing outside a maternity hospital in Liverpool on Sunday which forced authorities to raise the national terror threat level.

Police named the bomber as 32-year-old Emad Al-Swealmeen, an asylum-seeker from the Middle East.

Al-Swealmeen, the only casualty of the attack, is believed to have blown himself up with his alleged homemade device while being the sole passenger in a taxi. The taxi driver only sustained minor injuries.

Police denounced the attack as an act of terror, but investigators have not yet found an ideological motive behind the attack, a matter that is essential to confirm that the attack was an act of terrorism.

Police did not immediately disclose the exact nationality of the bomber. Al-Swealmeen was baptised in 2015, the Guardian cited a cathedral spokesperson as saying.

Cyril Ashton, an assistant bishop of Liverpool, said that although the church takes confirmation seriously, it seems that Al-Swealmeen “chose a different path for his life.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Al-Azhar denounced the attack, calling for international solidarity in the face of terrorism.

“Al-Azhar confirms its solidarity with the United Kingdom to counter all forms of extremism, violence, and terrorism,” the religious institution said.

In a statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry also expressed the country’s full solidarity with the government and people of the UK.

Moreover, Egypt assured its unwavering stance towards combating and eradicating all the “hateful phenomena” of terrorism, violence, and extremism.

Egypt condemns Uganda’s suicide attacks

Egypt also strongly condemned a series of suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Tuesday which killed and injured many people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Ugandan police said that six people were killed in the attacks, including three bombers and three police officers, Reuters reported.

Authorities moved 33 injured people to the hospital, the police said, including five who are in critical condition.

Egypt “extends its sincere condolences to the government and people of sisterly Uganda, wishing the injured people a speedy recovery,” a statement by the foreign ministry read.

Egypt also affirmed its full support for Uganda in the face of all forms of terrorism and extremism.

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