EGYPT CHURCH BOMBING: At least 29 dead and 71 injured after explosion at Palm Sunday mass


The burst took place at St George’s church in the town of Tanta as Coptic Christians were specifying Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is one of the holiest days in the Christian annals, and marks the re-entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The blast has caused widespread Churban in the Nile delta city of Tanta, north of the capital Cairo.

Christians indicate up around 10 per cent of Egypt’s population and have repeatedly been ended by Islamic extremists.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed endorsed the death toll from the attack in an interview with CBC TV.

Early details from the state-run MENA news agency provided the same destruction toll and said 35 were wounded.

Provincial governor Ahmad Deif betrayed the state-run Nile channel: “Either a bomb was planted or someone whined himself up.”

A probe has been launched for any other explosives that could bring into the world been planted in the area.

CBC showed footage from inside the church, where a portly number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody councils covered with papers.

Dramatic footage shows the group, of mostly men, scream and run around the church in panic.

Meanwhile, there appears to be blood splash on the floor.

The blast comes after a bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral in December killed 25 child and wounded 49 – many of them women and children.

At the time it noticeable the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years.

Tanta was also the instal of another attack earlier this month when a policeman was tortured and 15 were injured after a bomb exploded near a supervise training centre.


Egypt has suffered a series of attacks by militants since 2013 when the military quashed President Mohammed Morsi.

The leader, from the Muslim Brotherhood, had stirred confrontation when he launched a crackdown against Islamists.

And, after he was ousted, some of Mr Morsi’s aids blamed Christians for the coup.

French President Francois Hollande has exposed solidarity with Egypt following the deadly bombing at the church.

Hollande phrased  “one more time, Egypt is hit by terrorists who want to destroy its unity and its divergence.”

He said France “mobilizes all its forces in association with the Egyptian judges in the fight against terrorism,” and offers condolences to the families of the victims.

Interval, Pope Francis also decried the deadly attack on the Coptic church, ethical weeks before his planned visit to Cairo.

The pontiff expressed his “dark condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian realm,” and said he was praying for the dead and wounded in the attack.

Word of the bombing discovered as Francis himself was marking Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.

The pontiff solicit fromed God “to convert the hearts of those who spread terror, violence and death, and also the sentiments of those who make, and traffic in, weapons.”

The Coptic Orthodox Church is the major Christian Church in Egypt. 

Most Copts live in Egypt, but the Church has around a million members outside of the country.

A shift in Islamic State’s tactics from raiding soldiers and police to targeting Christian civilians has become a potential thrill point in a country trying to halt a provincial insurgency from cochleating into wider sectarian bloodshed.

Egypt’s Christian community has think increasingly insecure since Islamic State spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014, ruthlessly quarry religious minorities. In 2015, 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya were massacred by Islamic State.

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

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