Yesterday, on Palm Sunday, a mere four months after a bomb attack claimed the lives of dozens of Christian worshippers at Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral, two more deadly attacks have occurred at churches in Tanta, north of Cairo, and in Alexandria, claiming the lives of dozens more, and injuring hundreds.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks, via its affiliate Amaq news agency website.
The first attack on St George Church in Tanta, killed at least 27 people and injured at least 78, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said in a statement.
A few hours later, a suicide bomber at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killed at least 16 people, including three police officers, and injured over 40 people.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi released a statement condemning the attacks.
“The attack…will only harden the determination (of the Egyptian people) to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development.”
IMAGE: The scene of the explosion in front of the church in Alexandria [Fawzy Abdel Hamied/Reuters]