Army of Islam denies responsibility for Egyptian church bombing

09:26, January 24, 2011      

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A source from the Gaza-based Army of Islam group on Sunday denied Egyptian official's accusation that it was behind the deadly blast at a church in Alexandria on the New Year's Eve.

The accusation, made by Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on Sunday, "is false and the Army has no relation to the explosion" which killed more than 20 people outside the al- Qiddissin church in the Egyptian Mediterranean city.

The source added that the leaders of the pro-al-Qaeda group will issue an official statement later on the day.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Coptic church when worshippers were ending a New Year's mass. Dozens were also wounded.

The Army of Islam has first appeared in 2006, when it joined Islamic Hamas movement in capturing an Israeli soldier near the Gaza Strip. A year later, Hamas took over Gaza by force and its ties with the Army of Islam sagged due to security, religious and ideological differences.

The group was also behind the kidnapping of Alan Johnston, a BBC reporter in Gaza, in 2007.

Source: Xinhua
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