United Nation Secretary-General, António Guterres and the Security Council have condemned Sunday’s bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt.
In a statement, the Security Council called the bombings “heinous and cowardly”, and reaffirmed that terrorism was one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
The attacks killed no fewer than 44 people and injured more than 100 others.
UN Secretary-General,in a statement by his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, hoped that “the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice”.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, which came at the start of the Holy Week ahead of Easter. The first bomb exploded inside St. George’s Church in Tanta, killing about 27 people and wounding 78. The second attack occurred after a suicide bomber rushed toward St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, killing at least 16 people and wounding 41
The bombings were also strongly condemned by the High Representative for the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
The attack came just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt.
The United States also joined the outpouring of condemnations against the attack on Coptic churches,
The Department of State, in a statement issued by its Spokesperson, Mr Mark Toner, described the bombings as barbaric.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms, the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday.
“We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wish a quick recovery for all those injured.
“The United States will continue to support Egypt’s security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism,” the statement said.
President Donald Trump also condemned the attacks and urged the Egyptian Government to handle the “unfortunate’’ incident properly.
“It is so sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns it,”.
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