UN Security Council slams deadly terrorist attack in Cairo

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 12 (APP): The UN Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” a deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, and called for holding those responsible accountable.

A bomb went off on Sunday inside the St. Peter’s Church attached to St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Egyptian capital’s Abassiya neighborhood, leaving 25 people dead and 49 others injured, according to media reports.

In a press statement issued Sunday night, the 15-member Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed and underscored the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts to justice.

The Council members also condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Giza, Egypt on Friday during which six Egyptian policemen were killed and a number of civilians were injured.

Stressing that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, they urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.

Council members also expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims as well as to Government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.