Reports: Car bomb outside Egyptian church kills at least 21
December 31st, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Reports: Car bomb outside Egyptian church kills at least 21

[Update 7:16 a.m.] The death toll in a car bombing outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt has risen to at least 21, officials say.

[Original post] A car bomb outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt, killed at least seven people and wounded at least 24 others early Saturday, Egyptian state media reported, citing unnamed security officials.

The car bomb exploded at 12:20 a.m. in front of the Church of Two Saints, where Coptic Christians were attending
services, Egypt's Nile TV reported.

A nearby mosque was damaged and eight Muslims were among the injured, according to Egypt's MENA news service.

Egyptian officials are blaming foreign elements for the attack, MENA reported.

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  1. kareem

    EDDY YOU ARE RIGHT ISRAEL IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS INTEREST IN DESTABILIZING EGYPT AND THIS HAPPENS RIGHT AFTER EGYPTIAN INTELLIGENCE UNCOVERED MOSSAD SPY RING FORGOT ABOUT THAT ONE IT DOES MAKE SENSE ISRAEL DID IT WE HAVE NO TERRORISTS I EGYPT AND LAVON AFFAIR DOES BRINGBACK MEMORIES

    December 31, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MO

    I AGREE WITH EDDY ALSO KAREEM IT MAKES SENSE THIS WAS A BOMB SET UP COMING RIGHT AFTER EGYPT UNCOVERED MOSSAD SPY RING IT DOESNT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE OUT THE CUNNNING ZIONISTS ARE AT IT AGAIN FOR YEARS THEY WILL AND WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE FRICTION IN EGYPT LAVON AFFAIR WAS A WHILE BACK BUT DOES BRING BACK MEMORIES.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Kareem and Mo both write in CAPS and espouse the same bile!

      January 1, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. do ma

    Do you know the same bombing of christiians church is happeneing in Northern Nigeria. And these so call moslem here need to call their brothers to order. Don't you think they are pushing the christians? Am not religious.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. yousef

    this attack is not from any MUSLIM... Taliban does not consider to be Islamic because Islam doesn't command or say in any way to kill innocent lives.... they are hiding behind ISLAM

    January 1, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Islam religion of Peace

      January 1, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      yousef –
      "The only punishment of those that wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut-off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisonedโ€ฆ.(Koran 5:33)"
      – this is just one example of what the Quaran says –

      January 1, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharaoh of California

      @Fred: Your translation is (intentionally) inaccurate.
      Then tell us what IS (not what IS NOT) your judgment about those who fight you and strive to spread corruption on earth? Of course, you will not give them a warm hug.
      As you see, in Islam, imprisonment and execution is conditioned/contingent on major wrongdoing that adversely affects people (regardless of their faith). This is basic rational societal behavioral called "punishment".

      January 1, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharaoh of California

      @Fred: I forgot to tell you that in the verse right preceding your quote (namely 5:32), God says:
      ู…ูŽู† ู‚ูŽุชูŽู„ูŽ ู†ูŽูู’ุณุงู‹ ุจูุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ู†ูŽูู’ุณู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ููŽุณูŽุงุฏู ูููŠ ุงู„ุฃูŽุฑู’ุถู ููŽูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู…ูŽุง ู‚ูŽุชูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณูŽ ุฌูŽู…ููŠุนุงู‹ ูˆูŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุญู’ูŠูŽุงู‡ูŽุง ููŽูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู…ูŽุง ุฃูŽุญู’ูŠูŽุง ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณูŽ ุฌูŽู…ููŠุนุงู‹

      This roughly means: """"Killing a single innocent soul (for no soul or corruption on earth) amounts to killing all people, and sparing it amounts to sparing all people"""". Quran always sets constraints before setting punishments in order to eliminate misunderstandings. Don't let your being an atheist (apparently) make you adopt weak arguments against religions.

      January 1, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jesus Follower

    To sum it all up and send it to the whole world, US CHRISTIANS ARE STILL GOING TO ATTEND CHURCHES AND TELL EVERY MUSLIM IN THE WHOLE WORLD EVEN BIN LADEN AND THE TALIBAN WE STILL HAVE OUR FAITH STRONG AND WE STILL WILL GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE JESUS DIED BEFORE US AND PROMISED US BECUASE OF HIS NAME PPL WILL HATE CHRISTIANS AND WE KNOW ITS HAPPENING BUT OUR CROSS STILL STANDS STRONG! GOD BLESS ALL CHRISTIANS SUFFERING AND WE SEE ANGELS CARRYING OUR CROWNS FOR THE MARTYRS!!!! AMEN.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    After reading all these posts, I have concluded virtually every one of you are confused. True Muslim's do not abandon their home's and families to travel abroad and commit act's of terrorism. They stay home and defend against the invading infidels, just as the Koran commands. You call them insurgents. True Christian's likewise do not abandon their family to join in on the invasions of other nations in the name of God. They stay at home with their families and defend against the decaying morality and attacks on their spiritual well-being. You call them unpatriotic. It is false-Muslim's and false-Christian's doing these terrible deeds, even throughout history. There are very few true Christians and true Muslims to be found in this Godless world today.. Isn't this more than obvious?

    January 1, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      @phil – remove religion from the picutre for a moment. Look at what's happening workwide. There is one group constantly attacking. Radical Islamic terrorists. They don't deserve sympathy. We need to figure out how to elimnate the hate that lives in them.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aadl

    According to Coptic news there have been about 70 fatalities, with about as many injured. Attack was directed toward Coptic (Christians) believers and their faith. This, just like every other attack on Copts will be swept under the rug.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. TRUTHandTHElight

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    God bless the departed souls, and I pray the poor families of the fallen and wounded are comforted. Who is going to argue with this? Please love my brothers and sisters.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. A Coptic Moslem (aka Egyptian)

    Well it's getting a bit late here ๐Ÿ™‚ .. thank u all for this conversation.. really enjoyed it..
    And please before anyone tries to judge someone based on his religion, try to think first and do not generalize !!
    I think we all agree that terrorism is something we ALL hate..
    regardless what religion we all belong to, all religions aim at spreading peace. Try to coexist on earth.. Start to change urselves, before asking others to change !!

    We should all pray for the victims of this attack !!

    January 1, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    This is def. a moslem attack, They said it out loud last month that they will be doing this to the churches in Egypt after the Iraqi church was bombed last month, my condolences go out to the families that started a new year without a loved one, what a heart breaker.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. letfare

    usa help israel all time 9/11 happen, usa invaded iraq christian and muslim conflict in nigeria egipt.... usa do.....next

    January 1, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharaoh of California

      I forgot to tell you that in the verse right preceding your quote (namely 5:32), God says:
      ู…ูŽู† ู‚ูŽุชูŽู„ูŽ ู†ูŽูู’ุณุงู‹ ุจูุบูŽูŠู’ุฑู ู†ูŽูู’ุณู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ููŽุณูŽุงุฏู ูููŠ ุงู„ุฃูŽุฑู’ุถู ููŽูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู…ูŽุง ู‚ูŽุชูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณูŽ ุฌูŽู…ููŠุนุงู‹ ูˆูŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ุฃูŽุญู’ูŠูŽุงู‡ูŽุง ููŽูƒูŽุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู…ูŽุง ุฃูŽุญู’ูŠูŽุง ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณูŽ ุฌูŽู…ููŠุนุงู‹

      This roughly means: """"Killing a single innocent soul (for no soul or corruption on earth) amounts to killing all people, and sparing it amounts to sparing all people"""". Quran always sets constraints before setting punishments in order to eliminate misunderstandings. Don't let your being an atheist (apparently) make you adopt weak arguments against religions.

      January 1, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. A Russian

    Look man, this isn't about Jews being evil or Muslims being terrorists, because they aren't. This is about religious teachings coming into play. Religions were created in part to justify wars between people. If a king does wrong to a people, he will get overthrown. But if he claims that God told him to do it, people will support him. This ancient friction between Islam and Judaism is causing one another to blame each other. Truth is, no one is innocent. There is no good side to this, nor a bad side. There is no evidence so far and you people already throw accusations at each other. Life is about enjoying your days, not sticking to a set of guidelines set forth by ancient kings to blow off opposition. Shame on you.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      The Islamic countries indoctrinate their children with hate for other religions. They teach them this at an early age and promote the hate as they grow older. There is only one religion pledged to terrorism worldwide. Islam. All you have to do is observe.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharaoh of California

      @Fred: "There is only one religion pledged to terrorism worldwide". Really?
      This is only what is promoted by your biased media machinery. Of course, you don't consider the Jews who set mosques in Palestine to fire as Jewish terrorists. Or you don't consider Spanish insurgents (who killed many) as Christian terrorists?
      In fact, Muslims have the lowest terrorists-to-population ratio when compared to other religions.
      Bust out of the Fox News bubble around you.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. letfare

    i think usa time to change forign policy or we will see more conflict in world

    January 1, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      I agree. USA needs to get more agressive in seeking and destroying terrorists.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    the whole country is in a big mess leaving all tunnel view minds do whatever they want, unfortunatly they are damaging egypt, how many accident need to happen to move the governemnt to act. It is new year eve that mean all christians in church celebrating and praying and they end up having the biggest misery in their life how many family has been damaged in a day we all love to celebrate, i think we have to stop celebration or being happy to let muslim terrorist happy, i can't imagin a person love to see a father losing his son or a family losing its mother simply they are not human even excuting them is nothing we need to get who feed these mind only the government need to pay attention instead of only worring about thei position they need to worry about their job which is protecting egyptians coptic and muslims, this has been happening for more than 30 years can any body imagin god help us

    January 1, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. JusticeToAll

    Muslims are at it again; murdering non-muslims and blaming others. The story is becoming old and boring.

    January 1, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
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