Forty-Six Dead and Hundreds Wounded In the Bombing of Two Churches

Adel Tayari  - TDO –(TUNISIA)The Egyptian army deployed in a number of key fields in Cairo, shortly after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to push elements of the army to help police secure vital installations in the country.

These developments came after two explosions targeting churches in Tanta and Alexandria today, killing 46 people and injuring more than 100, while the Islamic State Organization claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Army forces deployed in key areas in the Egyptian capital after a presidential statement that included a decision by the Sisi to push elements of the armed forces immediately to help police secure vital installations in various Egyptian governorates. The Egyptian presidency declared the general mourning in the country three days. The first explosion, which took place inside the Church of St. George in the city of Tanta, the capital of the province of Gharbia (north of Cairo) killed 30 people and injured more than seventy at least, and two hours later the second explosion occurred in front of the Cathedral in Alexandria (northern Egypt), killing 16 people and wounding Others.

The official of the security information center that the members of the security service designated to secure the Church of Alexandria in Raml area, Alexandria, resisted trying to storm one of the "terrorist elements" of the church and detonated by an explosive belt.

He added that the suicide bomber blew himself up when he was caught by the guard forces outside the church, causing the killing of an officer and officer and a police officer from the security of Alexandria and a number of citizens and the occurrence of many injuries.

Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and the preacher of the Catholic preaching, who presided over prayers at the church on Sunday, was unhurt, but a church source said earlier that Pope Tawadros had left the church before the blast. Just two hours earlier, a bomb exploded inside a church in Tanta. "The blast took place inside the church during prayer," western governor Major General Ahmed Deif told Reuters. One of the chapels inside the church at the time of the explosion said the fire from the blast filled the church, smoke was heard and parts of the hall were scattered and the remains of the victims sitting in the first and second rows of seats were scattered. The agency said Depth of the Islamic State Organization responsibility for the organization of the bombings, and quoted the agency what it described as a "security source" that "a security detachment of the Islamic State carried out the attacks of the two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria." The organization claimed responsibility for the bombing of a church attached to the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo in December. After the bombings, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called the National Defense Council to meet on Sunday (April 9th).The National Defense Council includes the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Defense, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, the leaders of its branches and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Egyptian media sources said that the director of the security of the province of Gharbia and a number of security officials were dismissed from their positions after the bombing that targeted the church in the city of Tanta, and showed pictures of the attack on citizens of the security director of the West.

These explosions coincide with the "Palm Sunday," a Christian holiday, where authorities imposed in conjunction with strict security measures, especially in the vicinity of churches.

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