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Egyptian Church bombings

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alteredimages Fri 14-Apr-17 11:15:15

Couldn't find a thread about these.

On Palm Sunday two separate suicide bombings targeted a church in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria where Pope Tawadros was celebrating mass. So far 46 people have died and dozens more injured, many seriously.

Three days of official mourning were declared and Easter celebrations have largely been cancelled in all of Egypt's different denominations.

I just feel so so sad about this. I am not even a Christian but I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone could do this. This is only 4 months after a church in Cairo was bombed killing dozens.

No appetite left for celebrating Easter or Shem elNeseem. Chocolate is in the cupboard and herring in the fridge but not sure I'll make the dishes.

I am so worried for the future. I am angry at the arrogance of the security forces in not preparing properly for what they knew would be a high risk time, insisting that they had made all necessary preparations. I doubt their ability to fight IS, having failed so far in Sinai and now in mainland Egypt.

I am worried because the attackers were Egyptians and not foreigners. How could anyone do this to anyone, let alone their countrymen?

I am worried that Egyptian Christians will continue to feel unsafe and neglected, and more will seek to emigrate.

I am worried that Egyptian society will become even more divided.

I am worried about the State of Emergency imposed. I doubt that it has much to do with defeating terrorism and suspect it has everything to do with silencing criticism.

I really hope that this isn't the opening of a new front in the war against IS.

Maplessglobe Sun 16-Apr-17 18:07:51

Hi altered thanks for this post. Are you permanently based in egypt? I've spent a lot of time in the ME in the past and was saddened by this also. Makes you wonder what's next for previously moderate countries.
Friends who are Copts here in the U.K. told me there were police guarding their Easter church services also.

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