In the aftermath of two deadly bombings that targeted Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, the Egyptian Christian community was left reeling.
Two suicide bomber attacks were carried out on Palm Sunday, a holy Christian holiday, which resulted in at least 44 people dead and left countless more injured. The attacks took place just hours apart, one in Tanta and the other at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt. The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, and both bombings were said to have been timed to impact the greatest number of churchgoers.
The attack at St. Mark’s Cathedral took place just outside of the entrance to the church and occurred during a Palm Sunday service given by the head of the Egyptian Christian community, Coptic Pope Tawadros II, the New York Times reported.
The second attack occurred inside of St. George’s church located in Tanta, where the attacker detonated a bomb from the front pews of the church. The attacks commenced during one of the holiest weeks on the Christian calendar.
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