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Number of injured in church blast in Egypt rises to 97

Arab World Materials 2 January 2011 04:14
The number of people injured in the blast near Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria has climbed to 97, other 21 are reported missing, the Egyptian Health Ministry said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported.
Number of injured in church blast in Egypt rises to 97

The number of people injured in the blast near Coptic Christian Church in Alexandria has climbed to 97, other 21 are reported missing, the Egyptian Health Ministry said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported.

The explosion occurred after New Year Mass as the worshippers were leaving the church. There are no Russian nationals among those affected, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

A spokesman for the Egyptian Health Ministry said that information about new victims of the blast may appear soon as all of those affected were delivered to different hospitals.

Three people with most severe injuries were taken to the best hospitals of Cairo as they need sophisticated surgery.

International leaders, including U.S. President Barrack Obama, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Katherine Ashton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have severely condemned the blast.

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