CAIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – An explosion inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people, most of them women, and injured 49, Egypt’s state television said.
Never say the word “bomb” when referring to an Islamic attack. Always say “explosion.” As if something spontaneously combusted.
Security sources told Reuters that at least six children were among the dead. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, however, some supporters of the Islamic State militant group celebrated the attack on social media.
When referring to a clear threat of Islam, such as ISIS or Al-Qaeda, always call them an “Islamic State militant group.” Because we don’t know the motives behind someone yelling aloha snack bar. Sorry, I mean Allah Akbar.
“God is great, God is great, God is great,” one wrote on Telegram messenger. “God bless the person who did this blessed act,” wrote another, also on Telegram.
Remember, not all Muslims! It’s just some internet trolls.
A device containing about 12 kg (26 pounds) of the explosive TNT had detonated on the women’s side of the cathedral, the security sources said. “As soon as the priest called us to prepare for prayer, the explosion happened,” Emad Shoukry, who was inside the cathedral when the blast took place, told Reuters.
Even better than an explosion, just call it a “device.” Calling it a bomb or a potential suicide bombing is just too darn obvious.
Orthodox Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people, are the Middle East’s biggest Christian community. They have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders.
I can’t imagine why.
Islamists are waging an insurgency led by Islamic State’s branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. The insurgents have also launched deadly attacks Cairo and other cities.
Always make it clear that these extremists hate their own as well as Christians. We can’t judge their hatred as being single minded. That would be ethnocentric.