Religious Liberty Prayer Alert: 44 Killed, Over 100 Injured in Palm Sunday Bombings in Egypt

Prayer April 10, 2017

The scene of the explosion at St. George's Church (Source: CNN/Khaled Elfiqi)

On 9 April, explosions targeting Palm Sunday services at two churches in Egypt killed at least 44 people and injured over 100 others. 

According to reports, the first bomb exploded at the St. George’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, killing 27 people and wounding 78. The second explosion -- a suicide bomb attack -- killed a further 17 people and injured 48 others at the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria.

Sunday's bombings are the latest in a series of attacks targetting Coptic Christians in the country. In December 2016, 25 people died in an explosion at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Cairo. This year hundreds of Christians fled Sinai, after a string of extremist attacks left 3 Christians dead in Al-Arish.

Following the incident, Islamic State (IS), claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning that more of the same could be expected in the future.

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