Foreign Ministry condemns Egypt bombings, says no M'sians affected

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

PUTRAJAYA: The Foreign Ministry today confirmed that no Malaysian was affected by deadly bomb attacks at two churches in Egypt yesterday.

The ministry said it will continue to monitor the situation.

“Malaysia strongly condemns the bomb attacks at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in Tanta, and the Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria.

“Malaysia expresses its deepest condolences to the government and people of Egypt and to the families and victims affected by the attacks.

“Thus far, there have been no reports of Malaysian citizens injured in the incident. The ministry, through the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo, will continue to monitor developments related to the incident,” it said in a statement.

The first bomb attack at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church killed 29 people and injured 71 others, while the second bomb attack at the Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral killed 18 people and injured 66 others.

The government of Egypt has declared a state of emergency in the country.

The ministry has reminded Malaysian citizens in Egypt to remain vigilant at all times.

For queries or assistance, Malaysian citizens in Egypt can contact the embassy in Cairo at +2 02 3761 0013, +2 012 0027 6388 or through email at mwcairo@kln.gov.my.