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Anti-Christian drumbeat loud before Egypt attack

May 5, 2013

In the weeks before the New Year's Day suicide bombing of an Egyptian church, al-Qaida-linked websites were carrying a how-to manual on "destroying the cross," complete with videos on how to build a bomb and the locations of churches to target — including the one that was attacked.

They may have found a receptive audience in Alexandria, where increasingly radicalized Islamic hard-liners have been holding weekly anti-Christian demonstrations, filled with venomous slogans against the minority community.

The blast, which struck Saturday as worshippers were leaving midnight Mass at the Mediterranean city's Saints Church, killed 21 people.

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