(Sarkozy) Attack in Egypt: "an indiscriminate and cowardly crime"

(Sarkozy) Attack in Egypt: "an indiscriminate and cowardly crime"

Alexandria : Egypt | Jan 01, 2011 at 3:47 PM PST
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Egyptian Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against Christian Copts

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday denounced a "blind and cowardly crime" and expressed "great emotion" in a letter to his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, following the attack that killed 21 people at a Coptic church Alexandria (north).

"It was a shock and great sadness that I learned of the terrorist attack that killed 20 people and injured nearly 100, " Friday night in Alexandria, wrote Mr. Sarkozy, condemning "without reservation that this barbaric act mourned throughout Egypt. "

"Knowing your unwavering commitment to respect for religious freedom, I know that under your leadership, everything will be done to find and punish the perpetrators and sponsors of this indiscriminate and cowardly crime, "the head of state.

Egypt has blamed Saturday "foreign hands" in the attack, "probably" committed by a suicide bomber, which left 21 dead and 79 wounded before a Coptic church in Alexandria (north), two months after threats Al-Qaeda against the Egyptian Coptic community.

President Hosni Mubarak condemned in a televised speech a "heinous crime that targeted the nation, Copts and Muslims. "

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Copts account for nearly 10 percent of Egypt's mainly Muslim population of 80 million
Copts account for nearly 10 percent of Egypt's mainly Muslim population of 80 million
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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