At least 44 killed in Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility regarding two Egyptian church bombings that killed 44 individuals, mostly Coptic Christians, Reuters reports, refering to Amaq news office, which is associated with the terrorist group. 

The terrorsit group association said that an IS-partnered group was in charge of the assaults in Tanta and Alexandria. 

To start with, there was an enormous impact in the St. George Church in Tanta, with no less than 27 slaughtered and another 78 injured in the blast, as per the Egyptian Health Service. 

The bomb was apparently planted already in the  prayer hall

The second assault came hours after the fact, shaking the Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, leaving 17 individuals dead, including three officers, and 40 harmed. 

Both blasts occurred on Palm Sunday, which praises the passage of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The assaults were allegedly completed by two suicide bombers. 

Accordingly, Egypt’s Leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a request to convey military powers the nation over on Sunday, his office said in an announcement, as per Reuters. 

“President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi the Incomparable Authority of the Military has requested units from the military to instantly send and help the regular citizen police in securing imperative offices in all areas of the republic,” the announcement said. 

Sisi has likewise proclaimed a three-month-long highly sensitive situation, which will be presented after the fundamental lawful strategies.

“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state television.
A few days ago, the town of Tanta was in fact targeted in an attack, when 16 people were wounded in a police training center bombing.
The assaults come ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt scheduled for late April.
Dr. Said Sadiq, professor of political sociology, told RT that the timing of the attacks couldn’t be more suspicious.
“I talked to some people [after the attacks], and they were all criticizing the terrorists and were wondering why this happened at this time: when tourism in Egypt is improving, when the country is stabilizing, there is international support of Sisi’s regime. So, whoever is doing this [the bombings] is standing behind terrorism. It’s simple to say that they are terrorists, but who is behind the terrorists? This is the issue.”
There has been heightened security in Egypt, freelance reporter Jacob Wirtschafter told RT, but “the problem is we’ve got 10 million Christians and hundreds of churches, there’s no way to secure them all from a would-be suicide bomber.”


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