Palm Sunday Slaughter in a Coptic Christian Church


They simply went to Mass to celebrate Palm Sunday.

At least 44 people have been killed and dozens more were wounded in two church bombings.

Both attacks took place on the Coptic Christian Palm Sunday.

One church is in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was packed with worshippers. The bomb was in a pew.

The attack was the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt’s Christian minority, which makes up around 10 percent of the population and has been repeatedly targeted by Islamic extremists. It comes just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt.

CNN announced that a second church in Alexandria was hit today.

This is a developing story and the final death toll is not known.

On Wednesday, a Coptic Christian father of two who was on a “kill list” and tracked for days by Islamic State militants in Sinai refused to renounce his faith in Christ when given a chance to “save” himself before being executed, his wife said.

The British news outlet The Sunday Times reports that the widow of 58-year-old Copt Bahgat Zakhar, one of eight Christians killed in the coastal town of Al Arish in just a three-week span in February, detailed the moment her husband met his fate.

Zakhar, who was a veterinary surgeon, was reportedly named on a jihadi “kill list” that was published online. As reported, jihadis have anonymously posted “kill lists” online that feature churches and prominent Christians across Egypt to target.

After days of trying to track down Zakhar, two militants with guns finally cornered him.

“Repent, infidel. Convert and save yourself,” the witness recalled one of the jihadis saying.

According to the witness, Zakhar simply shook his head in refusal. The militants then responded by fatally shooting him and leaving him dead on the floor.”They didn’t even run,” Fawzia Zakhar said.

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