Al-Qaeda Websites May Have Spurred Suicide Bombing of Egyptian Coptic Church
In the weeks leading up to the attack, websites affiliated with Al-Qaeda had published detailed guides on how to go about "destroying the cross," along with instructional bomb-making videos and maps of targeted churches (including the Coptic church attacked last week). One site posted the so-called 'Jihadi Encyclopedia for the Destruction of the Cross,' along with a series of ten videos, featuring a masked militant mixing ingredients for TNT. The site features a list of Coptic churches in Egypt, with their addresses and phone numbers.
Officials are currently investigating a domestic group of extremists, known as the Salafis, and acknowledge that they may have been inspired by Al-Qaeda to carry out the attack. Authorities also told the AP that they had been aware of the online how-to guides before the attack, and are looking into any possible connections to last week's tragedy.