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    Hariri condemns ‘cowardly’ Coptic church attack in Egypt

    In a cable to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Saturday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the recent attack on a Coptic church in the country was “cowardly” but would ultimately not undermine the unity of the country.
    “The terrorist attack that targeted the Coptic Church of Mar Mina in [Cairo’s] Helwan [district] is an episode in a cowardly series that will not harm Egypt and the unity of its people,” the Prime minister said, a statement from his media office reported.
    He expressed his solidarity with Egypt, its leadership and its people.
    “On behalf of the Lebanese government, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the fallen victims, their families and the brothers of the Coptic Church.”
    The attack took place Friday outside the Coptic Church when a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire and killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians. The gunman and one police officer were killed, Egyptian authorities said. This was the latest attack targeting the country’s embattled Christian minority. Since Dec. 2016, militants have killed more than 100 Copts and left scored wounded in a series of attacks.
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