CAIRO — Two explosions at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday left at least 31 people dead and injured dozens of others as a day of worship in the besieged Christian community turned to destruction and carnage.
The first blast ripped through St. George’s Church in northern Egypt in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo, during a Mass about 9:30 a.m., according to an official from the Health Ministry.The deputy minister of health put the preliminary death toll at 25.Hours later, a suicide bomber set off an explosion outside the main Coptic church in Alexandria, St. Mark’s Cathedral, killing at least six — including three police officers — and injuring 21 others, the Health Ministry said.
Funeral in Cairo, AP image
The Islamic State in Egypt is vowing more attacks on Egyptian Christians.
A new video released by ISIS shows the suicide bomber who attacked a Cairo church last December, killing 29, with the narrator vowing the attack was "only the beginning."Christians are their "favorite prey," he declares, promising they will liberate Cairo.
Thursday, 16 Feb 2017
Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work.Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in the turbulent region, officials have said, amid fears of escalating attacks on Christians.