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Blast at Coptic church in Egypt kills 21, sparks clashes between Christians, Muslims after New Year's Mass

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Tarek Fawzy / AP

An Egyptian Christian grieves outside the Coptic Christian Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. A car exploded in front of the church early Saturday as worshippers emerged from a New Year's Mass, killing at least 21 people according to officials, and sparking clashes between Christians and Muslims, a sign of the sectarian anger that has been arising with greater frequency in Egypt.

Ahmed Youssef / EPA

Egyptian firemen try to put out a vehicle fire following a car bomb blast outside a church in the north Egyptian city of Alexandria, Egypt, Jan. 1, 2011, killing at least 21 people and injuring 43. Witnesses said that a car that was parked outside the church exploded around 20 minutes after midnight, targeting Coptic Christians who were attending the New Year‘s Eve mass. Christians account for roughly 10 per cent of Egypt's population, according to official figures.

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Egyptian riot police clash with Christians in front of the Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, 230 km (140 miles) north of Cairo, Jan. 1, 2011. A car bombing outside the church killed 21 people as worshippers gathered to mark the New Year, security and medical sources said on Saturday.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

Egyptian Christians shout as the bodies of several victims of a car bomb attack are carried into ambulances in front of the the Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, Egypt, Jan. 1, 2011. The car bombing outside the church killed 21 people as worshippers gathered to mark the New Year, security and medical sources said on Saturday.