21 killed in Egypt Coptic church New Year's Eve attack

Published January 3rd, 2011 - 10:10 GMT

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At least 21 people were killed and 70 hurt in the suspected suicide attack, which happened during a New Year's Eve service at the al-Qiddissin Church.

In a rare televised address, Mr Mubarak said it bore the hallmark of "foreign hands" seeking to destabilise Egypt.

Several hundred Christians later clashed nearby with Muslims and police.

There was no claim for the attack but Al-Qaeda has called for punishment of Egypt's Copts over claims that two priests' wives they say had converted to Islam were being held by the Church against their will.

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A picture shows a blood-stained image of Jesus Christ outside the Al-Qiddissine church which had been the target of an overnight car bomb attack.
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Image 1 of 13:  1 / 13A picture shows a blood-stained image of Jesus Christ outside the Al-Qiddissine church which had been the target of an overnight car bomb attack.

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A vehicle burns following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church.
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Image 2 of 13:  2 / 13A vehicle burns following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church.

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Egyptian firefighters extinguish flames from a vehicle that caught fire following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.
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Image 3 of 13:  3 / 13Egyptian firefighters extinguish flames from a vehicle that caught fire following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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The body of an Egyptian Coptic man is seen on the ground following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.
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Image 4 of 13:  4 / 13The body of an Egyptian Coptic man is seen on the ground following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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An injured man receives medical treatment at the hospital.
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Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egyptian Mufti Ali Gomaa and Egypt’s Minister of Awqaf (religious endowments) Mahmud Hamdi Zaqzuq hold a joint press conference at the al-Abasseya Cathedral.
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Image 6 of 13:  6 / 13Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egyptian Mufti Ali Gomaa and Egypt’s Minister of Awqaf (religious endowments) Mahmud Hamdi Zaqzuq hold a joint press conference at the al-Abasseya Cathedral.

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An Egyptian man stands next to a blood-stained peace of cloth hung outside the Al-Qiddisine church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.
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Egyptian Christians face riot police during confrontations outside the Al-Qiddissine church.
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Egyptian Christian youths go on the rampage in the area of the Al-Qiddissine church.
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Egyptian riot police clash with stone-throwing Christian youths  outside the Al-Qiddissine church.
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Egyptian Christians burn trash containers during a protest late near the Al-Qiddissine church.
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A coptic priest gives a mourning Egyptian woman her communion during Sunday mass on at the Al-Qiddissine church.
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A picture shows a blood-stained image of Jesus Christ outside the Al-Qiddissine church which had been the target of an overnight car bomb attack.

Image 1 of 13A picture shows a blood-stained image of Jesus Christ outside the Al-Qiddissine church which had been the target of an overnight car bomb attack.

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A vehicle burns following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church.

Image 2 of 13A vehicle burns following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church.

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Egyptian firefighters extinguish flames from a vehicle that caught fire following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 3 of 13Egyptian firefighters extinguish flames from a vehicle that caught fire following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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The body of an Egyptian Coptic man is seen on the ground following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 4 of 13The body of an Egyptian Coptic man is seen on the ground following a car bomb attack outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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An injured man receives medical treatment at the hospital.

Image 5 of 13An injured man receives medical treatment at the hospital.

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Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egyptian Mufti Ali Gomaa and Egypt’s Minister of Awqaf (religious endowments) Mahmud Hamdi Zaqzuq hold a joint press conference at the al-Abasseya Cathedral.

Image 6 of 13Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egyptian Mufti Ali Gomaa and Egypt’s Minister of Awqaf (religious endowments) Mahmud Hamdi Zaqzuq hold a joint press conference at the al-Abasseya Cathedral.

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An Egyptian man stands next to a blood-stained peace of cloth hung outside the Al-Qiddisine church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

Image 7 of 13An Egyptian man stands next to a blood-stained peace of cloth hung outside the Al-Qiddisine church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

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Egyptian Christians face riot police during confrontations outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 8 of 13Egyptian Christians face riot police during confrontations outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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Egyptian Christian youths go on the rampage in the area of the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 9 of 13Egyptian Christian youths go on the rampage in the area of the Al-Qiddissine church.

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Egyptian riot police clash with stone-throwing Christian youths  outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 10 of 13Egyptian riot police clash with stone-throwing Christian youths outside the Al-Qiddissine church.

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Egyptian Christians burn trash containers during a protest late near the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 11 of 13Egyptian Christians burn trash containers during a protest late near the Al-Qiddissine church.

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A coptic priest gives a mourning Egyptian woman her communion during Sunday mass on at the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 12 of 13A coptic priest gives a mourning Egyptian woman her communion during Sunday mass on at the Al-Qiddissine church.

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An Egyptian Coptic Christian mourns during Sunday mass at the Al-Qiddissine church.

Image 13 of 13An Egyptian Coptic Christian mourns during Sunday mass at the Al-Qiddissine church.

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