Two Egyptian churches bombed on Palm Sunday, ISIS claims responsibility
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Two related terror attacks at Christian churches in Egypt were carried out by the ISIS terror group early Sunday morning. Worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday.
Egypt's president called for a three-month state of emergency when at least 44 people were killed and more than 100 more injured in the attacks.
In Tanta, a town north of Cairo, the first blast killed at least 27 people and wounded 70 more. Later, a suicide bomber killed 17 people and wounded at least 40 individuals in Alexandria. According to The Slatest, the head of the church was unharmed.
Witnesses to the first blast told The Telegraph, “The bomber was between the Bishop’s seat and the first row of pews when he detonated himself.” Witnesses told of how the strict security measures, including metal detectors, did not deter the suicide bomber, according to The New York Times.
ISIS immediately took responsibility for the attacks, stating that the suicide bombers were Egyptian nationals. Egyptian authorities have yet to confirm this.
ISIS warned of more attacks saying that, "The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing,” according to CNN. ww
After the attack, President Donald Trump tweeted he was “so sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly.” According to Fox News, the two leaders met at the White House on April 3.
At around ten percent of the population, Egypt’s Coptic Christians form the largest minority in the Muslim-majority country. These latest attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority come as Pope Francis prepares to visit later this month, as reported by The Telegraph.