Sunday, 24 March 2019

45 Killed and 100 wounded in Cairo Church Bombing




CCTV shows the fanatic, dressed in a blue pullover, approaching the gate at St Mark's in Alexandria but being told to go through the metal detector first by officers.

He then passes a female police officer talking to another woman, and enters a metal detector before an explosion engulfs the area.

The atrocity, which followed another attack in Tanta, was thought to have been aimed at Pope Tawadros II, leader of the ancient Coptic church, who was worshipping in St Mark's at the time but escaped unharmed.

The dead officers were named as Ahmed Ibrahim, Brigadier General Nagwa El-Haggar and Emad El-Rakiby.



The blasts, claimed by Islamic State, came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit the Arab world's most populous country.

Egyptian President El-Sissi has now declared a state of emergency for three months.

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.

Sisi announced the 'state of emergency for three months' in a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defence council.


Moment suspected suicide bomber appears to attack Egyptian church

Approximately ten per cent of the Egyptian population are Christian and have been targeted several times by ISIS terrorists

In the first attack, a bomb went off inside St. George's Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, killing at least 27 people and wounding 78, officials said.

The attack on St. Mark's Cathedral, in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt, happened a few hours later and killed at least 16 people and wounding 41, the Interior Ministry said.

Isis claimed the attacks via its Aamaq news agency, after having recently warned that it would step up violence against Egypt's Christians.


CBC TV showed footage from inside the church in Tanta, where people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

'After the explosion, everything became dark from the smoke,' said Edmond Edward, attending services with his brother, Emil, who was wounded and leaned on him for support at a nearby hospital.


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