Sunday, April 9, 2017

At Least 37 Killed in 2 Egypt Church Bombings; IS Responsible for Coptic Orth. Church Attacks

At least 37 people were killed and more than 100 injured today (April 9, 2017) in two separate bombing attacks that struck Coptic Orthodox Churches in Egypt, ripping through Palm Sunday services, according to the Clarion Project website.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A bomb placed under a seat in the main prayer hall of St. George's Coptic Orthodox Church in Tanta, northern Egypt, ripped the hall apart, killing at least 26 and wounding 60 others.

A suicide bombing hit St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt a few hours later. At least 11 people were killed and 35 others wounded in that attack. Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, had just led mass for Palm Sunday. Fortunately, he was unharmed by the attack.

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