A bombing at a the Al-Qiddissin church in Alexandra, Egypt has left 21 people dead and over 100 people on New Year's Day. Egypt's Interior Ministry believes a suicide bomber was behind that attack which left many wounded, body parts scattered, cars destroyed, and windows broken. The incident sparked protests between Christian and Muslim groups resulting in stone throwing and increased already tense relations between minority religious groups.
Egyptian leaders have increased security around the churches and banned cars from parking near them. Officials believe that a threat issued against the Church in Egypt during November by an al-Qaeda group based in Iraq is a blame for the bombing and have launched an investigation. Officials have requested unity from citizens to manage tensions between religious groups.
U.S. President Barack Obama has described the bombing a "barbaric and heinous act" and has agreed to assist Egyptian authorities in investigating who is behind the bombing.