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Vigil marks Coptic church attack

Sunday, January 01, 2012 - 01:16

Jan 1 - Hundreds of Egyptians in Alexandria hold a silent vigil to mark one year since the massive explosion that hit a Coptic church, killing 23. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Hundreds of Egyptians hold a silent vigil in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. They are marking the first anniversary of a large explosion that went off outside "The Saints Church" on the 31st December 2010. Twenty-three people, both Muslim and Christian, were killed in the attack, for which no-one has yet been brought to justice. Ayman Nour, chairman and founder of al-Ghad political party, joined the vigil. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) THE CHAIRMAN OF AL-GHAD PARTY, AYMAN NOUR, SAYING: "Egypt still feels bitterness and pain because of that treacherous accident. And after a year, the criminals are still free men. Egypt feels bitterness and pain because of the death of those people who were killed without any guilt." At a service held inside the Coptic Christian church, a priest gave a sermon on tolerance in life. He also highlighted the violence that Egypt's Coptic minority has suffered in the last ten years. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Vigil marks Coptic church attack

Sunday, January 01, 2012 - 01:16