44 Dead, Over 100 Injured: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Palm Sunday Dual Suicide Bombings Against Egypt's Coptic Christians

by JOSHUA YASMEH April 9, 2017

Egyptian authorities report that at least 44 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in dual suicide bombing attacks against Egypt's besieged Coptic Christian community. The explosions occurred as Christians joined together in prayer and celebration to commemorate Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Reuters reports:

he first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city about 100 km (60 miles) north of Cairo, tore through the inside of St. George Church during its Palm Sunday service, killing at least 27 people and injuring at least 78, the Ministry of Health said.

The second, carried out a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit Saint Mark's Cathedral, the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 17 people, including three police officers, and injuring 48, the ministry added.

Coptic Christians have long called Alexandria home. The vibrant city, named after the famed Macedonian leader, Alexander the Great, has seen Christian blood spilled for centuries.

Sunday's attack triggered historical traumas not felt since the 7TH century Muslim conquest of Egypt. To say that Copts feel unwelcome in Egypt is a profound understatement. The oppressed religious minority fears wholesale genocide at the hands of theocracy-minded Islamist fanatics.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the barbaric attacks as jihadist propaganda channels celebrate the death of so-called "infidels." The suicide bombings deliberately targeted Copts on Palm Sunday in a symbolic attack against one of the oldest religious communities in Egypt. The terror group's religious extermination campaign against Christians in the Middle East is part and parcel of a wider crusade to establish a pure Salafist-Sunni state in the Levant.

"Although Copts have faced attacks by Muslim neighbors, who have burnt their homes and churches in poor rural areas in the past, the community has felt increasingly insecure since Islamic State spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014," explains Reuters. "Islamic State's branch in Egypt has stepped up attacks and threats against Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people and are the biggest Christian minority in the Middle East."


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