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At least 44 Coptic Christians are reported to have been killed and over 100 injured in twin suicide bombings on Palm Sunday. The first bombing is said to have claimed 27 lives and injured another 78 people while the second attack took 17 lives and injured 48 others. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the bombings as proof that they are not giving up on their promise to remove Christians from Egypt. The attack has caused Egypt’s president to declare a state of emergency for the next three months.

4/10/2017 Egypt (FOX) – Egypt’s president called for a three-month state of emergency Sunday after at least 44 people were killed and more than 100 more were injured in two Palm Sunday suicide attacks at Coptic Christian churches, each carried out by the ISIS terror group.

Sunday’s first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said.

Television footage showed the inside of the church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

A second explosion – which Egypt’s Interior Ministry says was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria — left at least 17 dead, and 48 injured. The attack came just after Pope Tawadros II — leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria — finished services, but aides told local media that he was unharmed.

 

 

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