One of Two ISIS Suicide Bombers Detonates Outside Egyptian Church After Being Turned Away by Three Hero Policemen in Palm Sunday Massacre 'Aimed at Coptic Pope' That Killed 43 Christians
April 9, 2017
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- Worshippers celebrating Palm Sunday were targeted by ISIS terrorists with suicide bombs.
- At least 27 people were killed in Tanta while a further dozen died in Alexandria earlier today.
- Three officers died at St Mark's Cathedral while preventing bomber from entering church.
An ISIS suicide bomber detonated outside an Egyptian church after being turned away by three hero policemen in the second of two attacks that killed 43 Christians and wounded 100.
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.
Policewoman who was standing next to the metal detector when the suicide bomber blew himself. RIP https://t.co/oie2bihR61— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) April 9, 2017
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) April 9, 2017
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.
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.
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