TANTA, EGYPT – A series of Bombs went off in two separate Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt this morning as worshippers were celebrating the feast of Palm Sunday. The Islamic Terror Group ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
The first bomb exploded in Saint George Church in the Nile Delta town Tanta, where there are now at least 26 reported dead and at least 71 people injured according to Fox News.
The second explosion took place in a Church in the Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. The death toll at this location is at least 11, which almost three dozen injured according to NPR. The bomb exploded shortly after the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, said the mass. He was uninjured.
CNN has reported that the bomb that exploded in the first Church was placed under one of the seats in the Main prayer hall of the Church. The location of the bomb in the second Church is unknown, and officials are unsure if there was a suicide bomber or the bomb was strapped to a seat.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Recently ISIS has waged a war on Egypt’s Christians, who the majority are Coptics, in order to spread their Islamic Caliphate in a country that is 90% Muslim.
Other ISIS acts that ring similar to this tragic even include a deadly suicide bomber that killed 25 people in December at a Coptic Church. ISIS has also been reported to have released a video about two years in which they beheaded a group of Coptic Christians.
This attack comes only a week before the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is set to visit Egypt to celebrate Easter. Shortly after, the Catholic Pope offered his condolences to the victims and the entire Coptic Church, expressing “deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation.”
As of now, Francis has not changed his gameplan to visit Egypt.