SINGAPORE CONDEMNS ISIS BOMBING OF 2 EGYPTIAN CHURCHES

The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement condemning the Islamic State linked bombing of 2 Christian churches in Egypt. The attacks killed 44 people and injured 100 others, making it one of the worst attacks on Egypt's Christians in recent history.

“Singapore strongly condemns the twin terror attacks on the Mar Girgis Church in Tanta and the St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria during Egypt’s Palm Sunday festivities on Apr 9, which had resulted in the tragic loss of lives, as well as injuries and suffering to many,” the MFA statement read.

“Those responsible for these reprehensible acts must be brought to justice.”

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“Singapore stands together with the Egyptian government against the scourge of terrorism and with its people at this time of grief. We also convey our deepest condolences to the victims’ families while wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” the statement said.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombing comes one week before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt later this month.

There have been no reports or information about Singaporeans injured or affected by the bombings, the MFA added.

Ministers from the ruling People's Action Party also weighed in on the attacks. Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said he was “saddened by the violence perpetrated by Islamic State and its supporters” in a place of worship.

“These violent acts will sow enmity between Egyptians of various beliefs; if not now but surely one day. Mistrust and enmity between faiths are the terrorists' end game; they will keep at it until we will kill each other for the slightest grievance. We must never be corralled into their ultimate trap,” he wrote on Facebook today.

“In Singapore we must make much effort to be in the common spaces to be with each other, not just at work but in our community where we live. Only then can we appreciate there is so much that we share.”

Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu also wrote: “These heinous attacks on innocent lives and places of worship must be condemned. This also reminds us all that we cannot take safety and security for granted... Here in Singapore, we must all be vigilant and look out for one another. When terror strikes, our resilience as one people will depend on the bonds and friendships across our Singapore community.”

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