Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • EU leaders choose Tusk and Mogherini for top jobs, discuss Russia sanctions

    Read more

  • Dozens of UN peacekeepers still held by Syrian jihadists

    Read more

  • Opposition protesters clash with Pakistani police outside PM's house

    Read more

  • Austerity row overshadows French Socialist’s annual rally

    Read more

  • Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life

    Read more

  • Ceasfire allows Gaza families to relax on the beach

    Read more

  • S. Africa condemns 'military coup' in Lesotho

    Read more

  • Kerry calls for 'coalition of nations' to battle IS militants

    Read more

  • Ukrainian plane with seven on board crashes in Algeria

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns Russia of more sanctions

    Read more

  • IMF backs Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

middle east - do not use

Palestinian group denies role in church attack on New Year's Day

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-01-24

The Palestinian Army of Islam militant group has denied responsibility for a New Year's Day attack on a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria that killed more than 20 people, rejecting claims made by the government in Cairo earlier on Sunday.

AFP - The Palestinian Army of Islam militant group on Sunday denied involvement in a deadly attack on an Egyptian church, rejecting accusations by the Cairo government.
              
"The Army of Islam has no relation, whether close or distant, to the attack on the Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt," a spokesman for the group, who gave his name as Abu Muthanna, told AFP.
              
"The Mossad (Israeli intelligence) was responsible for the attack," he said.
              
Earlier Sunday, Egypt's Interior Minister Habib al-Adly announced that the small Palestinian group was behind the New Year's church attack in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, which killed more than 20 people.
              
He made the accusation in a speech to mark Police Day, carried live on Egyptian state television.
              
President Hosni Mubarak took to the stage to congratulate the police "for finding the perpetrators of the terrorist act in Alexandria."
              
On January 1, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a church in the Mediterranean city as worshippers emerged from a New Year's Eve mass.
              
Egypt's official MENA news agency on Sunday put the death toll at 23, with scores more wounded. Previously, the death toll stood at 21.
              
The Palestinian group accused of perpetrating the attack is a small outfit that espouses Salafist ideals, an austere form of Sunni Islam that seeks a return to the practices of the faith's early days.
              
Along with other tiny Salafist factions in Gaza, the Army of Islam is believed to have sought or be seeking ties with Al-Qaeda, and has clashed with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.
              
Hamas reportedly cut ties with the Army of Islam in 2007, when the group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston.
              
At the time, Hamas said it had severed ties with the group and helped free Johnston after four months in captivity.

 

Date created : 2011-01-23

  • EGYPT

    Police probe local Islamists over New Year church blast

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Coptic mourners clash with police after church bombing

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Deadly blast hits Coptic church in Alexandria

    Read more

COMMENT(S)