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Xi sends condolences to Egyptian president over deadly terrorist attack

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent condolences to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi over Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack that killed 25 people in a Cairo church.

In the message, Xi extended his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and those wounded in the attack.

China firmly opposes terrorism of all forms and strongly condemns the grave terrorist attack, Xi said.

China stands ready to continuously and firmly back efforts made by the Egyptian government to fight terrorism and maintain national security and stability, Xi added.

Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping.

A bomb went off inside the church in Cairo’s Abassiya neighborhood that was full of worshippers attending Sunday mass, leaving 25 people dead and 49 others injured.

Meantime, Last November, a man hurled an improvised bomb at the entrance of St. George Church in Samalout, Egypt.

Had the bomb detonated—it was dismantled in time—casualties would have been high, as the church building was packed with thousands of worshipers congregating for a special holiday service.

Church Cairo Bomb

Instances of angry Muslim mobs attacking and killing Christians on the mere rumor that they are trying to build a church, or are meeting to pray in a house church, are also on the rise.

Last summer in Minya—the same place where a 70-year-old Christian woman was stripped naked, savagely beaten, spat on, and paraded in the streets to jeers, whistles, and yells of “Allahu Akbar”—rioting Muslims burned down 80 Christian homes on the rumour that Christians were trying to build a church.

“No one did anything and the police took no pre-emptive or security measures in anticipation of the attacks,” said Bishop Makarios—who is also on record saying that Christians are attacked “every two or three days” in Minya and that the authorities are always turning a blind eye, if not actually aiding or enabling the attacks.

 

Source: Xinhua | Dec 14

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