More than 40 churches were attacked nationwide in the two weeks after the deadly dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on August 14, 2013, Human Rights Watch said.
"We are outraged by such brutal acts against innocent people, and consider it essential to conduct a resolute and consistent fight against the evil of terrorism in all its manifestations". According to Morning Star, about 27 were killed during this incident, and about 78 were wounded.
The strong support shown by the American head of nation to his Egyptian counterpart has significant dimensions, as the earlier is in need of a robust military power and regional powerhouse to bring balance of power in the Middle East; where Russian Federation is spreading its influence effectively since the rise of the Arab Spring.
Isis claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, claiming that two of its fighters wearing suicide vests carried out the attacks, and warned of more to come.
Decorations and the traditional handing out of candies to children by the Coptic Pope will also be cancelled, AFP reports.
We pray for His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and all our Coptic clergy in Egypt who continue to serve their spiritual children faithfully and diligently at a time in which their leadership and pastoral care is needed by our whole community.
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In a press statement, the ministry identified the suicide bomber as Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak from Suez City.
The ministry also revealed that another cell working under the umbrella of the same group has attacked a police checkpoint in the New Valley governorate, killing a number of police men.
Rev. Danial Maher, of the Tanta church, lost his 23-year-old son, Beshoy, who was among six deacons killed in the attack.
The attacks - the deadliest in recent years against Christians in the country - shook the community and provoked rare public anger at the government for failing to protect the minority.
Wahby Lamie, one of whose nephews was killed and another injured in the Tanta blast, expressed exasperation.
IS already controls a part of the Sinai Peninsula where its Wilayah Sinai (IS-Sinai) branch has been targeting Christians and Muslims it considers apostates. "And how much longer will security be this incompetent?"