Gaza group rejects Egypt blame over church bombing

Earlier, Egypt's interior minister said the government had proof that the Army of Islam, a Palestinian group, was behind the New Year's Day bombing.

Gaza group rejects Egypt blame over church bombing

A Palestinian group denied Egyptian allegations on Sunday that it was behind the New Year's Day bomb attack on a church that killed 23 people.

Earlier, Egypt's interior minister said the government had proof that the Army of Islam, a Palestinian group, was behind the New Year's Day bombing.

"If elements of the Palestinian Army of Islam, linked to al Qaeda, thought they had hidden behind elements that were recruited, we have decisive proof of their heinous involvement in planning and carrying out such a villainous terrorist act," Interior Minister Habib el-Adli said in a speech.

President Hosni Mubarak, in an address broadcast on state TV, praised the police for finding out who was responsible for the bombing and said the attackers had "tried to sow discord between Copts and Muslims".

"The Army of Islam has no connection to the church attack in Egypt, though we praise those who did it," said a spokesman for the group.

The Army of Islam played a part in a cross-border operation in 2006 in the Gaza Strip in which Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured. The group later cut relations with Hamas, the group which controls Gaza, and has clashed with Hamas.


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