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Statement by Minister Flanagan on bombing in Cairo

Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2016

Statement by Minister Flanagan on bombing in Cairo

Minister Charlie Flanagan unreservedly condemned the bombing which occurred earlier today in Cairo in the Chapel of St Peter and Paul, attached to St. Mark’s Coptic cathedral in Abbassyia district.

The attack resulted in the deaths of at least 25 people, and the wounding of many more. The Minister said:

 “I am particularly shocked that the attack took place during a service and was deliberately aimed at worshippers.

My sympathies are with the people of Egypt at this time, and the families of those who died and were wounded. I also condemn the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of a number of policemen in Cairo over the weekend.

The Irish government condemns all terrorism, and stands in solidarity with the government and people of Egypt at this difficult time"

ENDS

Press Office

11 December 2016