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    Putin Offers Condolences to Sisi After Deadly Attack on Egyptian Cathedral

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a bombing of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo put an emphasis on the need to combat international terrorism, which seeks to disrupt peace between religious sects.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences on Sunday to Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Sisi after dozens were killed in a bombing of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo.

    "I am shocked by the hideous terrorist attack that took place in Cairo, especially by the deaths of woman and children," Putin said in a cable, carried by the Kremlin press office, adding his thoughts went out to bereaved families.

    The Russian president said the bombing put an emphasis on the need to combat international terrorism, which seeks to disrupt peace between religious sects. Putin reaffirmed Russia’s readiness to stand by Egypt in the fight against terrorists.

    Sisi declared three days of mourning earlier today after the attack on St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral claimed the lives of at least 25 people and wounded many more, most of them women and children.

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