Aftermath of the Church Bombing in Egypt: Taking a Stand against Terror with Crucifix and Koran


By Karim El-Gawhary

"My name is Ahmad and I'm a Muslim, but that's not important now," says the young Egyptian high-school student. He's holding the Koran in one hand, a crucifix in the other. "I've come to protest against what happened to our Christian brothers and to show that the religious communities in Egypt won't let themselves be divided."

Over a thousand people have come together spontaneously on the first evening of the new year in Shubra, an area in the centre of Cairo where many Coptic Christians live. At around the same time, some three hours' drive away, the 21 people killed in a bomb attack on a church in Alexandria are being buried. A group close to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility on the Internet.

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