Suspected suicide bomber kills 21 at Egypt church
By Yasmine Saleh
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt | Sat Jan 1, 2011 6:32pm EST
(Reuters) - A bomb killed at least 21 people outside a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on New Year’s Day and the Interior Ministry said a foreign-backed suicide bomber may have been responsible.
Dozens of people were wounded by the blast, which scattered body parts, destroyed cars and smashed windows. The attack prompted Christians to protest on the streets, and some Christians and Muslims hurled stones at each other.
Egypt has stepped up security around churches, banning cars from parking outside them, since an al Qaeda-linked group in Iraq issued a threat against the Church in Egypt in November.
No matter what kind of excuses are made or selective appeals made to a certain Qur’anic verse (which is emphatically contradicted elsewhere in the Qur’an), this kind of violence is happening all across southern Asia and northern Africa! While Christians are a major target, so are Hindus, Baha’i and Jews. The point of commonality? The perps are Muslims invoking Islam. Another common point? The efforts of governments of Islamic nations to stop this, to the extent there are such efforts, are weak, after the fact, and compromised!