Two Churches In Egypt Bombed By ISIS During Service On Palm Sunday
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claims responsibility for bombing churches in Egypt leaving at least 43 dead on Palm Sunday.
On Sunday (April 09, 2017), two Coptic churches in Egypt were bombed by the militant group. The Egyptian authorities have not yet confirmed the identities and the nationalities of the suicide bombers. Previously, ISIS warned of more attacks.
“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,” said by ISIS quoted by CNN Philippines.
St. George’s Church in the northern city of Tanta was the first church experienced the blast, which injured 78 people and killed 27 people. The explosive device used for the bombing was planted under a seat in the main prayer hall of the church.
The blast destroys everything inside the church and the blood of the victims have already covered the marble pillars. Priests and choir members were the most injured persons due to the explosion.
St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria has experienced the second blast, which injured 41 people and killed around 16 people. The blast happened when a man wearing explosive belt enters the church.
Police officers try to stop the man carrying the explosives, but the bomb suddenly explodes, which killer the two officers and some civilians. The explosion happened near the gate of the church, where blood stains are scattered 100 meters away from the church.
The president of Egypt has declared a 3-day nationwide mourning after the brutal bombing incident. The Egyptian government will form a supreme council to counter terrorism for the future of their country.
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