Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

The ministry said Mahmud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah had carried out the attack outside Saint Mark's church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday that killed 17 people and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

In March the same year, 13 people were killed in clashes between Muslims and Copts in Cairo's working class neighborhood of Moqattam, where around 1,000 Christians had gathered to protest over the torching of a church. According to Morning Star, about 27 were killed during this incident, and about 78 were wounded.

One of the terrorists was identified with the nom de guerre of Abu Ishaaq al Masri, and was reportedly born in 1990 in the province of Sharqiya, located in the Nile delta north of Cairo.

The Palm Sunday attacks were carried out by suicide bombers and led to the death 45 people and injury of more than 140 others.

"I say to our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters".

He said: "The people feel a close bond with their country and all of them see themselves as Egyptians - whether they are Christians or Muslims".

A Coptic Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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"We pray for all those who hate us and we ask that God provide His guidance to them to enlighten their hearts and minds to know the right way", he added.

State of emergency declared in Alexandria and Tanta, Egypt.

"We grieve with all Egyptians as we express our most heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and we hope for a speedy recovery for those injured in the attack", the embassy wrote.

The strong support shown by the American head of nation to his Egyptian counterpart has significant dimensions, as the earlier is in need of a robust military power and regional powerhouse to bring balance of power in the Middle East; where Russian Federation is spreading its influence effectively since the rise of the Arab Spring.

H.A Hellyer of the Royal United Services believes that the anti-Christian sentiment among radical Islamists is virulent and there really is no way to protect everybody.

About 250 Christians took refuge in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after IS released a video calling for attacks against the minority.

The rising violence has undermined the Egyptian government's claim to being a bulwark against extremism in a chaotic region as it pursues closer ties with President Donald Trump, who hosted el-Sissi at the White House a week ago.

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