Around 43 people were killed and more than 100 others injured during several explosions in northern Egypt over the weekend, and the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for it all.
The massacre occurred on Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Christian holy week — that is, when Jesus Christ traveled to Jerusalem before he was to be crucified. State TV reported that the first explosion was in the city of Tanta at St. George’s Church, killing 27 people and wounding 78 others. The explosive device was placed under a seat in the main prayer hall.
Following this attack, about 16 people were killed and 41 others injured in Alexandria during a suicide bombing outside of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, two state news outlets reported.
Responsibility was claimed by the Islamic State shortly after the attacks. They said the blasts were performed by Egyptian nationalists, and said more attacks on Egypt Christians should be expected.
“The Crusaders and their tails from the apostates must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God willing,” the Islamic State said, according to CNN.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement regarding the attacks, “The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development.”
The president declared three days of national mourning and a national state of emergency for the following three months.
(H/T The Blaze)