Over 37 Killed In Two Coptic Christian Church Bombings In Egypt; ISIS Claims Responsibility

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At least 37 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate bombings at Christian Coptic churches packed with worshippers in northern Egypt one week before Coptic Easter, Reuters reports.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 26 and injured at least 78, Egypt's Ministry of Health said. The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added. In a separate explosion, one person has been reported killed in a bombing of the Tanta police academy.

Egyptians gather in front of a bombed Coptic church in Tanta, Egypt, April 9

Shortly after the explosions, ISIS via its al-Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The attacks are the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up around 10% of the population and has been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists. They come just one week before Coptic Easter and the same month Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt. The deadly bombing take place as the Islamic State branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians.  In February, Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province after a spate of targeted killings.

Those attacks came after one of the deadliest on Egypt's Christian minority, when a suicide bomber hit its largest Coptic cathedral, killing at least 25. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for that attack too. 

According to Reuters, CBC TV showed footage from inside the Tanta church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers. Thousands gathered outside the church in Tanta shortly after the blast, some wearing black, crying, and describing a scene of carnage.

"There was blood all over the floor and body parts scattered," said a Christian woman who was inside the church. "There was a huge explosion in the hall. Fire and smoke filled the room and the injuries were extremely severe," another Christian woman, Vivian Fareeg, said.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail are set to visit the Tanta site on Sunday and Sisi has ordered an emergency national defense council meeting, state news reported.

The spike in bombings marks a deadly shift in Islamic State's tactics, "which has waged a low-level conflict for years in the Sinai peninsula against soldiers and police, to targeting Christian civilians and broadening its reach into Egypt's mainland is a potential turning point in a country trying to prevent a provincial insurgency from spiraling into wider sectarian bloodshed."

Egypt's Christian community has felt increasingly insecure since Islamic State spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014, ruthlessly targeting religious minorities. In 2015, 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya were killed by Islamic State.

 

"Of course we feel targeted, there was a bomb here about a week ago but it was dismantled. There's no security," said another Christian woman in Tanta referring to an attack earlier this month near a police training center that killed one policeman and injured 15..

 

Copts face regular attacks by Muslim neighbors, who burn their homes and churches in poor rural areas, usually in anger over an inter-faith romance or the construction of a church.

Pope Francis expressed his "deepest condolences" to all Egyptians and to the head of the Coptic Church during his Palm Sunday Mass before tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square. "I pray for the dead and the victims. May the Lord convert the hearts of people who sow terror, violence and death and even the hearts of those who produce and traffic in weapons," he said.

In light of recent geopolitical developments, a military response from the US to the two bombings is likely.

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Stan522's picture

So, is there any reason to leave these ISIS members walking the face of the earth....?

SafelyGraze's picture

"usually in anger over an inter-faith romance or the construction of a church"

if they would just stop with the interfaith romancing and the churchifications, then maybe they wouldn't have to worry so much, duh

also if they would just go ahead and convert

hugs,
europe 

Is-Be's picture

And what religion did we abandon to join these Death Cults? 

 Light is not found in a dark cave and Life is not found in death

 

curbjob's picture

"So, is there any reason to leave these ISIS members walking the face of the earth....?"

 

Israel demands that half be left  as a hedge .. ya know, to conscript new recruits for those dry spells when the US misses wedding parties.

Cursive's picture

As long as we have blood thirsty neocons and the corporate interests who profit from conflicts and wars, there will always be a "reason" for ISIS or a similar proxy.  President Eisnehour, a former general no less, warned us of the military industrial complex and yet the American citiznery lives on, oblicious to it.

Stan522's picture

I 100% agree the USA's bloody hands in creating al qeada and ISIS, but at some point in time, that madness has to end and those two groups must go away. The big fat question is Trump the guy who will end it and make them go away...

We'll see....

king leon's picture

It's easy to make ISIS to dissapear, just bomb langley.

Caleb Abell's picture

Don't ask trump.  Ask Ivanka.  She sets foreign policy with her tears.

 

BrownCoat's picture

You US-inspired terror theorists are sooo funny. Look, the US may have been duped into taking action on behalf of terrorists, but the US did not create Islam or Islamic terror. 

king leon's picture

If Egypt wasn't an ally of Syria/Russia she is now

Wulfkind's picture

The Religion of Pieces strikes again.

BrownCoat's picture

ISIS is just the name du jour. Muslim Brotherhood, Al-quaida, whatever. They all have one thing in common - violence and Islam which is a violent religion.

evildimensions's picture

Don't worry. I'm sure another candlelight vigil will solve the problem. /sarc

Pacificism is a bankrupt philosophy.

techpriest's picture

The funny thing is, the Coptics were there for centuries, so what is causing all of the violence just now?

cossack55's picture

Well, lets just light-up another 59 Tomahawks to hit say.....Cairo Intl., of which, about 31 will actually find land.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

A Tomahawk is just a really fancy Roman candle!  And it stimulate the economy, too.  Murrika!

curbjob's picture

Personally I think the whole exercise was more a display about those that missed.

Joint chiefs of staff with monogrammed Raytheon Rolex's will be imploring a tanned Congress (from that week in the Caymans sponsored by United Health) that the US desperately needs a new missile program ... "mushroom clouds" will be mentioned 57 times.

chunga's picture

High ranking anonymous officials expect the next cruise missile attack will be directed at states that willfully violate fEderal marijuana laws.

"We must swanp the drain" - Jumpin' Jeff Sessions

BlindMonkey's picture

St. Breivik, pray for us.

Omega_Man's picture

cbc spies did it 

Nightjar's picture

stop the great international globalist jewish satan USA

J bones's picture

I think the pot is at the boiling point.

HalEPeno's picture

Hurry Ivanka show dad a picture of a dead kid so he can go bomb Assad.

Caleb Abell's picture

And remember to cry while you tell him about the dead babies.  Your tears always work on daddy.

barry committed war crimes because he is evil.  Ivanka's daddy commits war crimes because he is so stupid that he lets his little girl set foreign policy.  In the end, is there a difference?

Lanka's picture

Oops. The kid was just sleeping.

Coldfire's picture

Where are the cruise missiles?

bobdog54's picture

What did Doug Casey just say???

Martian Moon's picture

The real Egyptians have lost their country to the Mohamedeans

ToSoft4Truth's picture

At least no Trump Buildings were harmed in this attack.  Insurance rates. 

Cursive's picture

More love from the religion of peace.  /sarc

Neochrome's picture

Neocons: "It doesn't concern Israel so it doesn't matter. We have further use for ISIS."

Trump in Dart Vader voice: "Yes, Master."

me or you's picture

Sisi didn't agree with Trump and now this. 

NoWayJose's picture

Let's hope the Coptic God really does exist, and has welcomed these new members to his kingdom.

JackMeOff's picture

The great religious war continues...  Today's victims were christians, tomorrow will be muslims.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Trump is a tweaker.  Meth keeps him tweeting at all hours.  Then he goes to bed for three/four days while McCain and the others bomb airports in his name. 

Mementoil's picture

Don't tell me - that was a false flag as well?
or does the automatic false flag theory apply only when citizens of western countries are killed?

LKG's picture

No, but since we did the job for ISIS in Syria, they (ISIS ) had some bombs to spare. It's elementary and doesn't take a genius.

Mementoil's picture

This is ridiculous.
ISIS in the Sinai peninsula may share the same name and goals as ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but they are not the same organization, and they cannot transport troops and munitions freely between the two countries - the Egyptian army would catch them in the act!
No, the operation in Egypt was obviously planned many months in advance, and the bombs were constructed locally.
Just shows you how ignorant people on ZH are regarding the middle east...

Dilluminati's picture

But, but.. I want to blame America first.

Can't I somehow twist this into blaming America first?

Get out of my safe zone and stop presenting rational counter arguments you troll!

Can't I blame this on some zionist conspiracy?

I'll bet anything it was a zionist conspiracy that was performed by Uncle Sam to put down the black man while dillutuing the white race.

 

LKG's picture

What are Egyptians complainign about. Their governement is aligned to the US and we are sponsoring ISIS through Saudi Arabia and Qatar. 

That's the deal those Egyptians get for dealing with the devil and having an inferiority complex with regards to us Americans. Stop complaining Egypt or you might get more of what's coming to you.

sirsmokum's picture

Time for eye for an eye guys.

WillyGroper's picture

usus>>>>albert pike>>>>black pope

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/298345.Rulers_of_Evil

ussa from the beginning.

silverer's picture

And the US continues to support anti-Christian ISIS.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Egypt Regime Change Part Deux?  I dont watch teevee but is there any coverage on innocent Christians being slaughtered news??

JesusUp's picture

they have left no doubt who rules us

some consolation in seeing the face of your murderer before you expire, I guess.

silverer's picture

US breaks international law. AGAIN. (And again, and again, and again, etc.)

Arrest Hillary's picture

This is a higher body count .... than when ISIS severed heads of Coptic Christian workers  .... on the beach in Lybia .... like so many "blood oranges" ?