23 Jan '11, 7pm

terrorism watch Egypt blames Gaza militants for church bomb: By Marwa Awad terrorismwatch.org

CAIRO - Egypt's interior minister said on Sunday the government had proof that the Army of Islam, a Palestinian group linked to al Qaeda, was behind the New Year's Day bombing of a church that killed 23 people. The Army of Islam praised the attack but denied involvement. Egyptian officials had suspected an al Qaeda-inspired bomber was behind the blast that ripped through a crowd outside the church in the city of Alexandria, prompting protests by Christians that the state had not done enough to protect them. An Iraq-based al Qaeda group had called for attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up one tenth of the population, before the church bombing. "If elements of the Palestinian Army of Islam, linked to al Qaeda, thought they had hidden behind elements that were recruited, we have decisive proof of their heinous involvement in planning and carrying out such a villai...

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