Palm Sunday marks the start of Christians’ Holy Week, culminating next Sunday with Easter. While Americans stock up on chocolate bunnies and spiral hams, our Christian brothers and sisters abroad are dealing with death once again.
Explosions ripped through two churches in Egypt this morning targeting Coptic Christians in worship.
The Sun reports, At least 26 people have been killed and more than 40 were injured after a bomb exploded inside a packed Egyptian church as worshippers celebrated Palm Sunday.
A second blast happened outside St Mark’s Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egyptian state media has reported.
At least six people were killed and 66 wounded after a suicide bomber detonated an explosion outside the church in the Manshyia district, Egyptian Health Ministry said.
Officials say either a bomb was planted or a suicide bomber blew himself up.
It comes hours after a deadly blast ripped through St George’s Coptic Church, in Tanta, north of Cairo, just before 10am local time.
This is the second church bombing to strike Egypt in six months.
Last December, 25 people – many of them women and children – were killed in a suicide bombing that targeted Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedrals.
Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.
It’s not a stretch to believe they were responsible for these attacks as well.
UPDATE: As of 8:57pm ET, Fox News reports ISIS has claimed responsibility. Fox says now at least 37 people were killed and 100 injured in total.
We pray for the victims, and pray there are not more to come. Monday night begins the Jewish celebration of Passover. It’s horrific to think what terrorists could be planning.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]