CAIRO | – Egypt’s president said in a televised address on Saturday the bombing of a church that killed at least 17 people targeted both Christians and Muslims.
“Wicked terrorists targeted the nation, Copts and Muslims, “President Hosni Mubarak said in the broadcast on state
television, adding that the terrorists would fail in any plans to destabilize Egypt or divide Muslims and Christians.
Christians make up about 10 percent of the 79 million people in Muslim-majority Egypt. Officials are usually swift to play down incidents that could hurt relations between the two communities which sometimes flare into communal violence.