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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