CAIRO Jan 1 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)