Egypt’s prime minister condemns attack on Christian wedding

Crowds in front of the Virgin Mary Coptic Christian church in Cairo after a shooting attack. (AFP)

Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has condemned on Monday an attack on a wedding party outside a Coptic church in Cairo that killed three people including an 8-year-old girl.

Beblawi vowed that the police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice, according to the Associated Press.

He said that the attack on Sunday night was a “callous and criminal act” and that such attacks will “not succeed in sowing divisions between the nation’s Muslims and Christians,” AP quoted him as saying in a statement.

Witnesses said that unidentified armed men were riding a motorcycle on Sunday night as they opened fire on a group of people exiting a church in Cairo's al-Warak neighborhood after a Coptic Christian wedding ceremony.

An 8-year-old girl, a woman and a man were killed in the attack, the health ministry said.

Since Islamist president Mohammad Mursi’s ouster, attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been stepped up with the latest ransacking at least 40 churches in August.

(With the Associated Press)

 

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