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Coptic Churches in Egypt Bombed on Palm Sunday

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A series of bombings on Coptic churches in Egypt has claimed 44 lives and injured over 100 others on the day of Christianity’s most blessed tradition. The ISIS already owned up to the Palm Sunday attacks.

According to the initial reports, the first attack rocked St. George Church in Tanta, located around 100 kilometers to the north of Cairo. The Ministry of Health said 27 were killed on site while 78 others were injured. A few hours later, Saint Mark’s Cathedral was also bombed killing 17 people and sending 48 to the hospital. Three police officers were also killed on scene.

Although largely unknown to the rest of the world, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has a large following in Egypt, the Middle East and Northeast Africa, which traces its history to Saint Mark the Apostle himself as the church was established around 42 AD. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, in fact, is the seat of the Coptic Pope.

In a statement, the Islamic terrorist group also vowed that it will launch more attacks in the future. It said, “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.”

Pope Francis expressed his grief over the Egyptian Coptic churches attack and condoled with Tawadros II, the Coptic patriarch whom the pontiff described as “my brother.”

The pontiff then prayed that God will “convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make, and traffic in, weapons.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-day mourning. But he quickly added that Egypt will not be cowed by the actions of terrorists.  In fact, he said that the bombings on the Egyptian Coptic churches only strengthened the resolve of the people “to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development,”

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