Reports coming in from Egypt indicate that at least 27 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in two blasts that occurred in Egyptian churches. The blasts occurred when these churches were packed with worshippers who had gathered for celebrating Palm Sunday, a Christian feast that commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. The first blast occurred inside a church, Coptic church of Mar Girgis, also known as St George, in the Egyptian Nile delta city of Tanta. The second blast took place several hours later in front of Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The blasts are the latest in the series of attacks on the Christian minority community in Egypt, which constitutes around 10 percent of the total population. Security experts said that the blasts occurred due to inadequate security, even when there was a perceptible chance of such events happening. Government officials said that the blasts seek to create religious strife.