BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) –
Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the victims of an earlier bomb attack which left at least 27 worshippers dead, at St. George Coptic church in Tanta on Sunday evening.
The attack, which has since been claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS/ISIL), was part of a twin bombing, the second of which killed at least 16 people in Alexandria in a blast that also targeted a Coptic Christian church.
Following the attacks, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency and ordered soldiers to be deployed across the country to increase security.
The latest attacks are a part of a series of assaults on Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority that makes up for around ten percent of the population. The assault comes several weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt.