The terrorist attack, with a reported death toll of 24 victims and another 49 to 65 wounded, was the worst to target Copts since the 2011 New Year’s bombing of a church in Alexandria that killed 23 people. Mark’s Cathedral and papal residence of Pope Tawadros II, leader of the Coptic Orthodox community in Egypt and worldwide.
A worship service of mostly women was targeted in the St. Tawadros was traveling in Greece at the time of the attack.
The Muslim Brotherhood condemned the attack, but held Sisi responsible for an alleged “false flag” operation, accusing him of stoking sectarian tension and seeking to lead Egypt into a civil war.
They called on the Egyptian people to resist his “coup.” But last month, Egypt witnessed calm when a planned protest against economic conditions, supported by the Brotherhood, failed to mobilize the population.
Al Azhar, the leading religious institution in the Sunni Muslim world, condemned the attack.
“Targeting houses of worship and the killing of the innocents are criminal acts that violate Islamic principles,” the Cairo-based institution stated, expressing full solidarity with the Egyptian church and Egyptian Copts.
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