PH condemns IS-claimed Cairo attack


Posted at Dec 14 2016 04:25 PM

A nun is pictured after a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016. Khaled Desouki, AFP

The Philippine government strongly condemns the recent church attack in Egypt which was claimed by international terror group, Islamic State.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it "condemns in the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks in Egypt over the weekend especially the church bombing, emphasizing that "such heinous acts of violence in a place of worship have no place in society."

"We continue to stand with Egypt and the international community against terrorism in all its forms," it said.

"The Filipino people are one with Egypt as it recovers from these senseless tragedies,with the hope that the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice," it added.

The bomb attack on Sunday at the St. Peter's Church in Cairo killed at least 25 and wounded dozens more, one of the worst attacks on the Coptic Christian community in recent memory.

In a statement that circulated social media, IS identified the suicide bomber who carried out the attack by the pseudonym Abu Abdallah al-Masri. It also said the bomber "got in between the crowd" and detonated his explosive belt.

The jihadist group also vowed it would continue attacks against "every infidel and apostate in Egypt, and everywhere."

- With reports from Agence France-Presse