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EGYPT: Church bombed

February 5, 2011 |  8:28 am

Church Egyptian security officials say assailants have detonated a bomb in an empty church in northern Egypt, the Associated Press reported.

No one appears to have been injured in the attack on Holy Family Church in the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip. Security officials say the attackers also removed a cross outside the church.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, the Associated Press reported.

On New Year's Day, a suicide bombing outside a Coptic church in the port city of Alexandria killed 21 people.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: An Egyptian stands outside the Sharq el-Madina Mosque on Jan. 2, which is near the Christian Coptic church of the Saints where an explosion occurred the day before, in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria. In the immediate aftermath of the church bombing, authorities in Egypt blamed "foreign hands" for the attack. Credit: Ahmed Khaled/EPA