Al Qaidas no 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, anklager kopterne for å fremprovosere konflikt med muslimer i Egypt. Han sier deres mål er å sparke muslimene ut av landet, slik det skjedde med maurerne i Spania på 1500-tallet.
Zawahiri og Al Qaida ønsker åpenbart å helle bensin på hatbålet mot de kristne. Akkurat samme taktikk ble fulgt i Irak, med dødelige angrep på moskeer inntil shiaene fikk nok og gikk til borgerkrig mot sunniene.
In the latest video, al-Zawahri devoted much of the time to the Muslim-Christian divide. But he denied that his group was behind the Alexandria bombing, according to a transcript by the SITE Intel group, a U.S. group that monitors militant messages.
Ahead of the bombing, extremist Islamic websites affiliated with al-Qaida circulated lists of Coptic churches in Egypt and Europe — including one that was hit on New Year’s — along with instructions on how to attack them.
«To start, I want to explain that al-Qaida has no connection with the explosion that happened in the church in Alexandria,» he said.
«The first among those who are responsible for setting the situation ablaze is the leadership of the Coptic Orthodox Church under the leadership of the one called Pope Shenouda III,» he said.
He blamed the church leader for spreading «belief that the Muslims have occupied Egypt and they must be driven out as they were kicked out of Spain» in the 15th century.
Al-Zawahri accused the Copts of trying to establish an independent state in Egypt.