Over 20 Die In Bomb Attack On Church In Egypt Over 20 Die In Bomb Attack On Church In Egypt Enlarge photo Worshippers were leaving in the church in Alexandria after a New Year's service when the blast happened. Another eight people were injured. Christians took to the streets in protest at the attack and there were skirmishes with Muslims, according to reports. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Government had stepped up security around churches, restricting cars from parking directly outside them, after an al Qaeda-linked group issued a threat against the church in Egypt in November. The Islamic State of Iraq, which claimed an attack on a church in Baghdad in November, threatened the Egyptian church over its treatment of women the group said the church was holding after they had converted to Islam. Christians in Muslim-majority Egypt make up about 10% of the nation's 79 million people. Rights groups say the number of violent sectarian incidents have been rising in Egypt. Hundreds of Christians clashed with riot police in November, as well as some Muslims who joined in, during a protest over a decision to halt construction of a church.