US worried by rising anti-Christian attacks

05 Jan

Egyptian writers and intellectuals hold a candle-light protest in central 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. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI

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WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (KATAKAMI / THE STRAITS TIMES)  — THE Obama administration says it is ‘deeply concerned’ by what appears to be a rising number of attacks on Christians in the Middle East and Africa.

The State Department said on Tuesday that the US condemns religiously motivated violence and is disturbed by a recent string of attacks against Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Nigeria.

Spokesman PJ Crowley called for the governments in those countries to bring the perpetrators to justice.

A radical Muslim sect in Nigeria has claimed numerous recent attacks on Christian churches. In Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday, a suicide bomber killed 21 Coptic Christians outside a church.

Iraq’s tiny Christian community has been hit hard by recent attacks, including a late October church siege in Baghdad that left 68 people dead. — AP

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