Egyptian Christians hold a bloodstained portrait of Jesus Christ during a protest outside Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) Church in Alexandria, following a New Years Eve car-bomb attack at the Coptic church
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January 04, 2011 (KATAKAMI / KOMPAS) — Indonesia strongly condemns the inhuman terrorist attack at a church in Alexandria, Egypt, on January 1 that has left 21 dead and 79 others wounded, the foreign ministry said in a statement received here on Monday.
It said the Indonesian government expressed its deep condolences and sympathy to the Egyptian government and people as well as families of the victims. A car bomb which exploded outside a Coptic church in the tourist city of Alexandria, 141 kilometers north of Cairo, clearly proved that terrorism remains a threat to people and therefore continuous monitoring and cooperation from all parties need to be done to overcome it, it said.
Indonesia remains committed to cooperating with the government of Egypt to achieve their common goal of overcoming terrorism. The Indonesian government, it said, also supports efforts by the Egyptian government to bring the perpertrators to justice.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called on all Moslems and Christians on Saturday to prevent terrorism following the bombing early on Saturday. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Al Azhar grand sheikh, Prof Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb and Egypt’s national mufti Ali Goumah had also strongly condemned the attack. The Egyptian Coptic church leader, Baba Shenouda, meanwhile has called on all Christians in that country to remain calm but alert to possible further attacks which were apparently the work of a hardline group. The Christians account for about eight percent of Egypt’s total population of 80 million. (*)
As Egypt went on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas, Christians and Muslims demonstrated together in the mixed working class district of Shubra in the capital Cairo on January 3, 2011 to condemn the New Year's Eve car bomb attack on a Coptic church in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria in which 21 people were killed. (Photo bycredit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
As Egypt went on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas, Copts holding up pictures of Jesus and Christian saints, were joined by Muslims in a mass protest in the mixed working class district of Shubra in the capital Cairo on January 3, 2011 to condemn the New Year's Eve car bomb attack on a Coptic church in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria in which 21 people were killed. (Photo by -/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian Christian women mourn during Sunday mass on January 2, 2011 at the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church in Alexandria which was targeted on New Year's Eve by a car bomb attack in which 21 people were killed. There was no immediate claim for the attack but Al-Qaeda has called for punishment of Egypt's Copts over claims that two priests' wives they say had converted to Islam were being held by the Church against their will. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
Christians protest against what they say is the failure of authorities to protect them, in Cairo January 3, 2011 after a suspected suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded 97 outside a Coptic church in the Nile delta city of Alexandria during a New Year's midnight service. Egypt is screening people who arrived recently from countries where al-Qaeda is known to recruit after early findings suggested the militant network was behind the bombing, security sources said. Picture taken January 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
An Egyptian man cleans blood-staind from the door of the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack that targeted the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 and killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
Blood stains cover steps near the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack that targeted the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 and killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)