- Mourners gathered at the Coptic Church of Mar Girgis for a funeral after a suicide bomber killed 27 in Tanta
- The terrorist slipped past security during the Palm Sunday mass and blew himself up near the altar
- A second blast went off in St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria about two hours later, killing 17 and injuring 48
- Isis, which recently warned that it would step up violence against Egypt’s Christians, claimed responsibility
( Daily Mail ) Mourners filled a church in Egypt that had been torn apart in a terrorist bombing to commemorate the victims claimed in one of two attacks on Palm Sunday.
People in Tanta packed the streets leading to the Coptic Church of Mar Girgis – or St. George – to pay their respects while relatives inside laid their bodies across the coffins and wept.
A suicide bomber slipped past security and detonated the bomb while Christian worshippers were observing Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem, leaving blood splattered on the marble pillars while the sound of hymns turned to desperate screams. The blast killed 27 and injured 78 others.
Just two hours later, a suicide bomber entered St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, and killed 17 people. Another 48 people were injured in the second blast.
Both explosions, claimed by Islamic State, came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, just weeks beforePope Francis is due to visit the Arab world’s most populous country.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi declared a state of emergency for three months in a defiant speech after a meeting of the national defense council.
Under the country’s constitution, Sisi will have to put the measure before parliament, which is stacked with his supporters, for approval within a week.
EGYPT CHRISTIAN CHURCH BOMBED BY FEMALE BOMBER – DETONATED BOMB INSIDE EGYPT’S ST. MARK CATHEDRAL, KILLING 25, 49 WOUNDED…MARK, AUTHOR OF BOOK OF MARK, SPREAD CHRISTIANITY IN EGYPT IN 33 AD
- “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.”
- “I saw a headless woman being carried away.
- A female terrorist entered the church and blast the side of the building where the women gather.
This is the second attack in Egypt this week by Islamic terrorists. A female terrorist detonated 44 pounds of bomb inside St Mark’s Cathedral targeting Cairo‘s main Coptic Christian community killing 25 people, including six children, and 49 wounded. According to reports, a female terrorist entered the women’s section of the church, planted an IED inside a handbag before detonating the bomb remotely at the side of the building where the women gather. ( SOURCE: Bomb explodes in Egypt by Cairo’s biggest Coptic Cathedral killing 25 and ISIS CELEBRATES )
Cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous said: “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.”
Mariam Shenouda said: “I saw a headless woman being carried away.
“Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor.
“There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes.”
St. Mark’s Cathedral is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and is home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros. The members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community have been targeted by members of the Muslim Brotherhood who supported the ousted former leader Mohamed Morsi.
Egyptian Christians believe that the Patriarchate of Alexandria was founded by Mark the Evangelist around AD 33, and Christianity entered Egypt because of Mark the Evangelist, the author the gospel of Mark.
Egypt was a Christian majority before it became part of Islam. In 639–42, Egypt was invaded and conquered by the Islamic Empire by the Muslim Arabs. Today, Christianity is a minority religion in Egypt. Egyptian Christians, nearly all of whom are Copts (adherents of the Coptic Orthodox Church or other Coptic churches), most likely account for about 11% of the country’s population, though different sources’ estimates have ranged from 3% to 20% .
As recently as June ISIS has vowed to bomb Egypt’s pyramids.
AT LEAST six people have been killed in a bomb attack on a road leading to the Great Pyramid of Giza – a tourist attraction popular with British holidaymakers.
The explosion appeared to have come from a rubbish bin in Cairo along a route used to access the entrance to the world heritage site, which lies in a western suburb of the capital.
Giza, one of the the seven wonders of the world and the only one to remain largely intact, welcomes thousands of British tourists every year.
However the dead are said to all be policemen and administrative officers working close to the landmark.
There have been no confirmed foreign casualties although four civilians were also injured.