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. MissAnthrope

    Why do people have to use all caps? It detracts from what they are trying to say, rather than emphasize it! I scroll past posts that are screaming at me...a word to those who do this: don't!

    January 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Sara...can you think of any nations that consider themselves to be Christian that have invaded Muslim nations and slaughtered followers of Allah? Remember, "Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord" and "Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword" before you reply.

    January 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil mentioned how Muslims are promised everlasting-life in heaven if they die fighting for Allah. Yet you failed to mention that so-called Christian leaders preach the same lie, that if you die for God and Country, you will be rewarded with everlasting life in heaven. Any comment on this?

    January 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DefaultName

    @phil: Americans already have arms. A simple guerrilla campaign aimed at a select few would do the trick. This isn't 1776 anymore where we need to line up in block formation shooting wildly at the other mass of troops. Removing the corrupt puppet masters is what would need to happen. I guess I'm venting, but I notice many on here like to stir up conspiracy theories left and right. If things are really as bad as some on here say then turn off your computer and get involved. You can go to school for politics and run for office if you're too scared to take a bullet for your country. Getting people riled up then saying there's nothing you can do about it sounds pretty cowardly. Get involved to fix things or stop whining.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @Default...perhaps you are unaware of how dirty politics have become. It's like the two mud-puddles have combined to make one big mud-puddle bent on making everyone get dirty. And how can one enter a mud-puddle without getting muddy? Solutions? If there is no God, we will all be dead sooner rather than later. The problems facing mankind are way to big to handle, and there is no sign of our problems decreasing in the future. But you go ahead and get involved, but bring a bar of soap with you when you do. (grin)

    January 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    I'm headed for bed and will check you lare Default Name. Good night.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    All religions seem to have their place on earth.

    Is it not high time that all religions tolerate each other?

    In their core, most teach the same: "Do not do to others what you do not want to be done to you"!

    Islam itself is as peaceful as its founders intended it to be. Only their FUNDAMENTALISTS disturb global peace!

    First, bombings were proclaimed to be in "favor of a free Palestine",
    now bombings hit even Coptic Christians in Egypt! They were there long before Islam was founded!

    When will the top leaders of Islam, the King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah of Jordan, President Ahmedinejad of Iran, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and so many more... stand up and CONDEMN religious intolerance and any type of bombings!

    Shouldn't they do so JOINTLY or INDIVIDUALLY! The world wants PEACE!

    Silence or lukewarm statements only mean ignorance or tolerance!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Tony, even if religions did tolerate each other, even though they never have, until governments tolerate each other it won't matter. Religions can be as peaceful as they want but as long as governments wage war and corporations profit from it, there can be no real peace. We like to blame religions for wars, but until congress votes no on war, well you get the picture, or should.

    January 2, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony


      You are right. Wars are usually incited by arms producers and those who earn on them when they are sold.

      Look who manufactures arms!

      Look who sells arms to whom or uses them itself. Look who earns and who pays.
      The earnings are limited to a few. The payers are the tax payers of the attacked countries or the manufacturing countries.

      Look at the US; how much tax payer money is being spent on Iraq and Afghanistan!

      I am only talking about the bomb in Egypt that killed Coptic Christians or bombs that killed religious congregations in Nigeria over Christmas.

      There was no war waged by governments, at least it looks like that.

      These actions seem rather like acts by individual fundamentalist groups.

      January 2, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    Can ALL man-made religions stop talking "on behalf of God"

    It is absurd that the sons of Abraham (Jews, Muslims and Christians) should be at odds and kill each other!

    Can the Dalai Lama act as peacemaker.
    Quote of the Dalai Lama:
    "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

    January 2, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Check out BBC today:

    Pope John Paul hosted a similar event in 1986, which was attended by leading Jews and Muslims, as well as the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Pope Benedict XVI has said he will organize a summit in Assisi with religious heads to discuss how they can promote WORLD PEACE.

    Speaking in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Pope Benedict said the aim of the summit would be to "to solemnly renew the effort of those with FAITH OF ALL RELIGIONS to live their faith as a service for the cause of peace".

    QUOTE by the Pope (It could be also the quote by a Muslim or Jew):
    "Facing the threatening tensions of the moment, especially discrimination, injustices and religious intolerance, which today strike Christians (Muslims, Jews) in a particular way, once again, I make a pressing appeal not to give in to discouragement and resignation," he said.

    It was 25 years ago when top religious leaders met to find peace.

    Can they accomplish more this time? Can we encourage them to get results all can respect!

    Let us be real, religion is man-made and distorted by man.

    God did not create any religion. God wrote no Torah, no Bible, no Koran. God wrote nothing! All "holy books" are mere inspirations or results of channeling and contain personal views.

    Let the younger generation stand shoulder to shoulder for peace and tolerance! It seems that the younger world population is much more loving, caring, tolerant and compassionate!

    Peace-loving Muslims, stand up AGAINST MUSLIM fanaticism and fundamentalism!

    Peace-loving Christians, stand up AGAINST CHRISTIAN fanaticism and fundamentalism!

    Peace-loving Jews, stand up AGAINST JEWISH fanaticism and fundamentalism!

    January 2, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |

    Islams is always the bad guy.

    January 2, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Islam is not always the "bad guy" as you seem to say.
      Why do we not see a UNITED ISLAM condemning acts of terror?

      That is what the world needs: Expressions of solid condemnation of terror from WITHIN Islam.

      And getting results!

      January 2, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. New Horizon

    I truly believe that the New Generation of young adults from all religious affiliations who have NOT be brainwashed can network and stand together and be ONE voice can impact this "tick-for-tack" mentality that has been sown the fabric of our current social time. I know for a fact young adults who have not been brainwashed by some twisted religious idiology has a better understanding of what being God's servant. There is NO price for being open minded and living a conscious life.

    January 2, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      New Horizon,
      You are on the dot!
      Only petrified, old fashioned government brains make war.
      The young generation around the world wants peace.
      Vendetta or "t(h)it for t(h)at" mentalities should sit at the same table and negotiate their differences, even agree to disagree, but respect each other, without war.
      When will the sons of Abraham (Jews, Christians and Muslims) sit around that table?

      When will they accept Jerusalem in unison as THEIR city?

      When will they step into the same temple?

      Let them have different entrance doors if they want!

      January 2, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. DefaultName

    The world leaders and religious leaders need a bogeyman to fight against in order to have a reason for being needed. In the US our leaders have radical Islam. In the middle east they have evil zionist Israel and the great Satan America. Politicians don't ever fix any problems, so we need them. It's like a plumber being hired to fix a leak, only they don't fix it. Instead they do a little temporary patch so you call them back when it starts leaking again. Job security.

    January 2, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil is a quote that might help you understand why it is that the world's religions will never tolerate today's so-called "Christians". . "I love Christ, but I despise Christians because they do not live as Christ lived"–Mohandus Gandhi .Tony, look at all the crimes that have been committed in the name of Christ–the Crusades, the Inquisistion, countless wars where millions who claim to be Christian kill one another on opposing battle lines. The truth is, these people are NOT true followers of Jesus. His teachings and way of life condemn their actions. How could anyone ever get along with habitual hypocrites without becoming one?

    January 2, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jon

    Why are people blaming this on Israel? Lavon Affair was many years ago, Israel no longer does false flag attacks.

    January 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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