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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bomb Attacks on Egyptian Churches

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At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in Egypt.

The attacks were the latest assault on a religious minority by Islamist militants.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“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,” CNN quoted the group as saying.

The terrorist group identified the suicide bombers as Egyptian nationals.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 27 and injured at least 78.

The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing at least 16, including three police officers, and injuring 41.

Pope Tawadros, who had attended mass at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, was still in the building at the time of the explosion but was not harmed, the Ministry of Interior said.

The bombings come as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians.

Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency

In February, Christian families and students fled Egypt’s North Sinai province after a spate of targeted killings.

Those attacks came after one of the deadliest on Egypt’s Christian minority, when a suicide bomber hit its largest Coptic cathedral, killing at least 25. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Thousands gathered outside the church in Tanta shortly after the blast, some wearing black, crying, and describing a scene of carnage.

“There was blood all over the floor and body parts scattered,” said a Christian woman who was inside the church.

“There was a huge explosion in the hall. Fire and smoke filled the room and the injuries were extremely severe,” another Christian woman, Vivian Fareeg, said.

A shift in Islamic State’s tactics, which has waged a low-level conflict for years in the Sinai peninsula against soldiers and police, to targeting Christian civilians and broadening its reach into Egypt’s mainland is a potential turning point in a country trying to prevent a provincial insurgency from spiralling into wider sectarian bloodshed.

Egypt’s Christian community has felt increasingly insecure since Islamic State spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014, ruthlessly targeting religious minorities. In 2015, 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya were killed by Islamic State.

“Of course we feel targeted, there was a bomb here about a week ago but it was dismantled. There’s no security,” said another Christian woman in Tanta, referring to an attack earlier this month near a police training center that killed one policeman and injured 15.

Copts face regular attacks by Muslim neighbours, who burn their homes and churches in poor rural areas, usually in anger over an inter-faith romance or the construction of a church.

8 Comments

  1. Red

    April 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    ISIS WHY?!!!! For what gains?!!!!!!! You CANNOT claim to love your maker, then MAIM His creations. May their souls be lifted up to the bosom of the Lord . Amen.

    • Abeg

      April 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

      tell that that to the fullanis ?!

  2. Abeg

    April 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

    This was just stupid ISIS!

  3. mulikat

    April 10, 2017 at 8:56 am

    the Coptin christian own the land of Egypt before coming of islam into egypt about 1000 years ago, all together islam is 1400 years in this world.the 2 church they boom was build 60 years after coming of christ,so you can see they are their before arab muslims.they force their religion and language on people they meet in all part of norther africa,original they are not arabs.who on earth u kill others in name of God and religion i cant just understand this as normal human being with brain,they do you nothing,let them worship their own God in their own way,let God take control of who is going to heaven ,not you. can they show me letter, adre and tel, that said if you blow yourself up or kill none muslims you are going to heaven plus 72 virgin reward of killing what God Almight build .sorry since 1400 years coming of islam, only war,blood and killing no stop up till date,what a religion,in earily time of christianity was killing, but they stop long time ago ,that was young ,just fews years before people belive and understand they religion,people understand what they read in Bible,they shall not kill.i know both religion, i come to myself to know what is better for myself, cos anything that teach killing my hand is not their,they have to reform islam,if not this killing will not stop.in Bible, you have old testement and new. they only person who try is best to reform islam was Imam Al-Bukhari , man from central asia uzbekistan today.they are 1 or 2 others Imam that try to reform islam, their hadith, is only one i read.they rest forget it, only teaching …….,i hate to speak about religion cos no freedom of speach by majority muslims, thank God you have english books, pls try and read you will know better, so no any person can come and brain wash me to kill my brother , sisters any human being,that me and him didnt made.Coptic Christian RIP,may your killer end up in first class place in Hellfire.

  4. Lailatu

    April 10, 2017 at 9:35 am

    This is horrible, for how long will this go on? For how long will the world watch Isis shed innocent blood?

  5. trudy

    April 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    ISLAM. the religion of Peace.

    its rare to see Clerics of Islam condemn their brothers who shed blood in the name of ISLAM. or maybe I live under a rock??

    • Mawi

      April 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Nope. You are perfectly correct

    • Seriously

      April 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      That’s because the conservative, quiet Muslims secretly agree and support the extremists

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