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After attacks, Egypt's Pope curbs Easter celebrations

British journalist TV host and talent show judge Piers Morgan British journalist TV host and talent show judge Piers Morgan
Eleena Tovar | 15 Abril, 2017, 08:57

And reading it again today elicits a sombering sense of déjà vu; that attack, committed more than six years ago, was claimed by a nascent "militant group affiliated with Al Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq".

"A bomb, possibly worn by a suicide attacker, ripped through a throng of worshipers outside of a Coptic Christian church in the port city of Alexandria, Egypt... killing at least 21 people in the worst attack against Egypt's Christian minority in recent memory".

Before the Palm Sunday bombings, there had been several threats of upcoming attacks from the terror group ISIS.

Copts make up about 10 percent of the 92-million population of mostly Muslim Egypt and are the region's largest Christian denomination, with a almost 2,000-year-old history in the country.

The church had announced it would scale back Easter celebrations to a simple mass in the wake of the bombings. But security rhetoric has little foundation if systemic problems aren't rectified.

After two attacks on Egyptian Churches left at least 45 dead and over a hundred more people injured week, a sombre mood has captured numerous country's Christian minority.

Egyptian authorities have identified the two suicide bombers and the terrorist cells responsible for the deadly attacks. They are the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. They also face lots of discrimination as per their number.

Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's population.

The victim's families are enraged for the lack of sufficient efforts by the government in protecting Egyptian Christians from acts of terrorism. Said one of the public rights activists Of the Coptic Christian community Ishak Ibrahim.

The State Department's International Religious Freedom Report notes that sometimes police and security officials have "failed to respond" to the kidnapping, torture, conversion attempts and extortion of Christians.

Of course, even when government falls flat there are good people with pluralistic values of brotherhood that they will practice in their daily lives no matter how free or oppressive the regime.

The second explosion, which killed 17 - including three police officers - and injured 48, happened at the entrance to Saint Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria. Brigadier general Nagwa El-Haggar's nephew told Egyptian TV that his aunt "was a Muslim believer; she was praying at the church and doing her job in securing Christians also praying at the church".