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January 24th, 2011
07:40 PM ET

Al Qaeda-linked group attacked church in Egypt, authorities say

The Palestinian Islamic Army, which has links to al Qaeda, carried out the New Year's Day attack on a Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, that left almost two dozen people dead, Interior Minister Habib al-Adly said Sunday.

It was not immediately clear what evidence he had or whether anyone had been arrested.

A spokesman for the Army of Islam, Abu Musanna, denied the allegation Sunday, saying the group had no link to the attack.

Egyptian authorities earlier this month released a sketch of a man they think is responsible for the attack.

"The man in the picture is unknown and authorities are trying to confirm his identity," Col. Alla Mahmoud of the Interior Ministry said at the time.

Read the full story here on the suspect in the church attacks in Egypt.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Belief • Church • Egypt • Violence

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. HotAirAce

    It really is a mystery to this atheist why one group of believers has a need to kill another group of believers. Can't the various groups get together and negotiate a common set of tribal myths and imaginary supernatural beings without all the bloodshed?

    January 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @HotAirAce

      Hey -Ace...

      Well, it's not looking to good for that kind of outcome, is it...?

      We can only hope that there will be more peace in time.

      Peace...

      January 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
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