(Voice of the Persecuted) Amid tight security, suicide bombers detonated explosives at two churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, when Christian remember the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
The terror group, ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the bombings that is said to have killed at least 36 at the time of this report. Nearly hundred have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise.
More than two thousand were in attendance when the first explosion took place during Palm Sunday service at St George (aka Mar Girgis) Coptic church in Tanta.
The second explosion detonated in front of the packed Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. The scene was described as chaotic with body parts blown off and scattered. The bomber was trying to enter the church but stopped by a two police officers who were killed in the blast.
Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria was at Saint Mark’s for Palm Sunday. He was to lead a portion of the mass, a first since he took office in 2012. Saint Mark’s had tight security measures in line with the arrival of Pope Tawadros II to the city. It is believed the second attack was meant to harm Pope Tawadros, but a church official claimed the Pope had already left the church before the blast occurred.
The Coptic community is once again devastated.
One Christian remarked,
‘This is evil and out of hateful heart for the followers of Christ.”
It being reported that the church in Tanta received threats over a week ago. Questions have been raised as to why the government doesn’t take security serious enough when it comes to protecting the Coptic minority.
In December, at least 25 people were killed and wounded 49 in a bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral. Many of the victims were women and children.
Please pray for our Egyptian brothers and sisters.