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Tags: ML | Egypt | Copts

Egypt's Top Cleric: Anti-Christian Attacks 'assault on God'

Friday, 16 December 2016 08:28 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments says anti-Christian attacks are an assault on God, as part of the government's attempts to counter extremists' rhetoric nearly a week after a deadly attack on a Cairo church left over 26 dead.

The Friday sermon delivered by Mokhtar Gomaa came as authorities have beefed up security around Cairo's churches.

Sunday's attack which struck a 100-year-old church adjacent to St. Mark's Cathedral was one of the worst against the country's minority Christians.

The Islamic State group's Egypt-based affiliate claimed responsibility, after authorities had blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

"Whoever harmed a Dhimmi (a reference to non-Muslims in Islam) has harmed me .... Whoever harmed me, has harmed God," said Gomaa, reciting a saying by the Prophet Muhammad.

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Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments says anti-Christian attacks are an assault on God, as part of the government's attempts to counter extremists' rhetoric nearly a week after a deadly attack on a Cairo church left over 26 dead.The Friday sermon delivered by Mokhtar...
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2016-28-16
Friday, 16 December 2016 08:28 AM
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