Egypt Church Bombings

Egypt Church Bombings

Ayni Mohamoud, Editor

Two churches, two cities and multiple bombs shook and disrupted worship in Egypt on Palm Sunday.

On Sun. Apr. 9, as worshippers gathered at two churches- St George and St. Mark ‘s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in two different cities to celebrate Palm Sunday (the final Sunday of Lent, before Easter), the terrorists group- ISIS launched multiple bombings in both of the churches.

“The Islamic State, which had recently warned it would step up violence against Egypt’s Christians, claimed responsibility for the attacks via its Aamaq news agency” reported USA Today.

According to the New York Times,“the Islamic State said it had sent a suicide bomber to the chapel on the grounds of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, the seat of the Egyptian Orthodox Church.”

The first bomb exploded in St. George’s Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, killing 27. Hours later, a suicide-bomb occurred right outside of St. Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 21 people, reported USA Today.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and cabinet members now hope to declare a state of emergency for about three months. “The state of emergency allows both the armed forces and the police to execute those procedures necessary to combat the threats of terrorism and its financing, maintain security around the country and protect public and private property, as well as preserving the lives of citizens” reported CNN.

As long as ISIS continues to threaten Egypt with more attacks, the state of emergency will give the President and cabinet members time to plan to increase the security of its people and cities.

President Trump has sent his condolences to Egypt, Tweeting “So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great…confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly.”

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo expressed condolences to victims and their families, adding, “The United States stands firmly with the Egyptian government and people to defeat terrorism” according to USAToday.

Pictures and videos have been uploaded to social media to spread awareness. The world mourns with Egypt and its people and hopefully Egypt can recover from this devastating tragedy.