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Al Qaeda threat to Egypt: more danger for Coptic Christians?
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:09:24 PM »
A terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq, linked to Al Qaeda, carried out the dreadful attack on the Baghdad Catholic church in which dozens of people were killed. The group has also issued a threat against the Coptic Orthodox community of Egypt, which at about eight million people comprises the largest Christian group in the Middle East.

From the article:
"This threat is not directed only at Christians but at the Egyptian state. Egypt's security ended terrorism in the 1990s and it is capable today of eradicating these threats," said Father Abdel Maseeh Baseet of the Coptic Orthodox church, the biggest Christian community in Egypt. The Iraq attack was against a Catholic church. The Egypt threat was directed against the Orthodox community - Al-Qaeda accused it of detaining two women converts to Islam.

"I think those responsible for the (Iraq) massacre were looking for a justification for what they did by linking it to Egypt's Church," said Wasim Badia, an Orthodox Church deacon.
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