Coptic Church Carnage: Who benefits from religious conflicts in Egypt?
A devastating attack on the Coptic church in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, left 24 people dead and a further 49 worshipers wounded, in yet another act of terror claimed by Daesh.
In the worst attack on the Coptic Christian minority since 2011, when another bomb took the lives of over 20 worshipers outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt's minority Coptic Christians are feeling particularly vulnerable.
But who benefits from religious conflict in Egypt? Has the specter of religious volatility in the country been good news for those looking to use the chaos to make inroads inside an unstable Egypt?
There are also claims that the bombers had been affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement in the past.
How significant are such claims? Could it be a coincidence that Saudi Arabia has indefinitely halted shipments of oil products that were part of a multi-billion-dollar deal with Egypt? Could domestic uncertainty reap rich rewards for Egyptian allies or its enemies?