21. Monday Press Review: Aftermath of the Attack on the Two Saints Church

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Egyptian newspaper coverage of the attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter was limited on Monday, with most reports focusing on the ongoing investigation and corresponding statements given by high level officials concerning those responsible....


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Two and a half weeks after the Alexandria church attack, press coverage devoted to the issue has diminished considerably.
Al-Misrī al-Yawm runs a story on page three that is headlined: “Four Salafīs arrested on Suspicion of Carrying Out Alexandria Explosion. Sources: They Have been Sent to Cairo for Further Investigation.” The article states that the arrests followed information provided by witnesses.
Al-Ahrām reports on page five that the “Attorney’s Office Imposes Secrecy on Investigations of the Two Saints Church Incident.” The report claims that the attorney’s office has asked the Two Saints Church to provide the addresses of victims who were only slightly injured and left the hospital after receiving first aid treatment.
Opposition newspaper al-Wafd reports on page three that Pope Shenouda will visit those wounded in the attack next week. It also reports that the medical examiners' final report will be delivered to the public attorney "within hours."
Al-Jumhūrīyah announces on page eight that the Grand Imām of the Azhar, Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, stated during a meeting with the Cypriot foreign minister that the attack on the Church of the Two Saints was a foreign-planned terrorist act that had nothing to do with sectarianism.
Al-Tayyib is further reported to have claimed that foreign powers are seeking to divide countries of the Middle East, as they already did in Iraq and Sudan.
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