Palm Sunday Sorrow
Violence struck Egypt on Palm Sunday when bombs went off in two churches, killing and injuring dozens. Islamic State (ISIS) quickly claimed the bombings as part of its ‘war against apostates.’ An affiliate of ISIS has been leading an insurgency in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, where the government says the suicide bombers had been trained. The explosions struck churches in Tanta and Alexandria where Coptics, Egypt’s minority Christian population, gathered to worship on the Sunday before Easter. The attack does nothing to aid the Sunni Muslim majority’s relationship with the Coptic community, which was already wounded from Egyptian authorities’ lax attitude in rectifying violence against the Christians.
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