Jan 1st 2011, 09:44 PM
A bomb went off outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, during a New Years eve service killing 21 and injuring 70. The explosion, thought to be a suicide bombing, took place at 30 minutes past midnight. A nearby mosque was also damaged and 8 Muslims among the injured as well as three policeman and a guard. There have been clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims and between Coptics and Police.
Please pray for the healing of injured, the bereaved and all others effected. Please pray that there would be peace between Egyptian Christians, Muslims and the authorities. Please pray that for those responsible that they might repent and turn to God.
Source and further information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12103248
Jan 1st 2011, 10:29 PM
Wow..your article is completely different then the one I read....yours says this for instance: "The blood of their martyrs in Alexandria mixed to tell us all that all Egypt is the target and that blind terrorism does not differentiate between a Copt and a Muslim.
"We are all in this together and will face up to terrorism and defeat it
The one I read says this:
The attack came in the wake of threats by al-Qaida militants in Iraq to attack Egypt's Christians. A direct al-Qaida hand in the bombing would be a dramatic development, as the government of President Hosni Mubarak has long denied that the terror network has a significant presence in the country. Al-Qaida in Iraq has already been waging a campaign of violence against Christians in that country.
The bombing enraged Christians, who often complain of discrimination at the hands of Egypt's Muslim majority and accuse the government of covering up attacks on their community. In heavy clashes Saturday afternoon, crowds of Christian youths in the streets outside the church and a neighboring hospital hurled stones at riot police, who opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Egypt has seen growing tensions between its Muslim majority and Christian minority — and the attack raised a dangerous new worry, that al-Qaida or militants sympathetic to it could be aiming to stoke sectarian anger or exploit it to gain a foothold.
Nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the New Year's Mass at the Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said Father Mena Adel, a priest at the church. The service had just ended, and some worshippers were leaving the building when the bomb went off about a half hour after midnight, he said.
"The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf," Marco Boutros, a 17-year-old survivor, said from his hospital bed. "All I could see were body parts scattered all over — legs and bits of flesh."
Blood splattered the facade of the church, as well as a mosque directly across the street. Bodies of many of the dead were collected from the street and kept inside the church overnight before they were taken away Saturday by ambulances for burial.
At any rate... we need to pray for these Christians because its them under attack...not Christa ins and Muslims. :pray: