Egypt president:Christians and Muslims hit by blast

CAIRO Sat Jan 1, 2011 6:40am EST

CAIRO Jan 1 (Reuters) - Egypt's president said in a televised address on Saturday the bombing of a church that killed at least 17 people targetted both Christians and Muslims.

"Wicked terrorists targetted the nation, Copts and Muslims," President Hosni Mubarak said in the broadcast on state television, adding that the terrorists would fail in any plans to destabilise Egypt or divide Muslims and Christians.

Christians make up about 10 percent of the 79 million people in Muslim-majority Egypt. Officials are usually swift to play down incidents that could hurt relations between the two communities which sometimes flare into communal violence. (Writing by Edmund Blair; editing by Philippa Fletcher)