Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings that targeted Egyptian Coptic Christian churches in two cities Sunday, resulting over 40 dead people and more than a hundred wounded.
The first blast occurred at St. George Church in the town of Tanta along the Nile River, where the official count was 27 people dead and 78 others injured.
A second explosion happened at St. Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria where authorities said it was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to enter the building, leaving 16 dead and 41 wounded.
In response to the terror attacks, President Abdel Fattah Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency throughout Egypt, which recently has already seen government crackdown on political expression and dissent.
The incident happened at the start of the Christian world’s celebration of Holy Week, and just weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world.
In a statement, the U.S. State Department condemned the bombings calling it as “barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The video came after an ISIS terrorist killed a Christian man along with his pregnant wife, and then hung around to finish a soda before leaving. “They want to send a message that nobody is safe,” an aid worker told the New York Times.
“We are at a breaking point,” Bishop Makarios, a Christian leader in northern Egypt said in September. “People can’t put up with any more of this.” Local violence by angry supporters of the democratically elected government have since conducted nearly 300 attacks on the Christian community.