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ISIS claims responsibility for Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt – CNN News

Egypt's President says he will declare a state of emergency after two deadly bombings targeted Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. The death toll rose to at least 49 Monday, state media reported. At least 27 people died in a blast inside a church in the northern city of Tanta, and 78 people were injured, according to Egypt's state-run news agency Al-Ahram. In Alexandria, 18 civilians and four police officers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church, Al-Ahram said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared three days of nationwide mourning following the bombings and said a three-month state of emergency would come into force once legal and constitutional measures have been completed. In response to the attacks, the country will also form a supreme council to counter terrorism and extremism, Sisi said on state television Sunday after an emergency meeting of the country's National Defense Council. &'8220;We have to pay attention because of Egypt and Egypt's future. We know this is a big sacrifice but we are capable of facing it,&'8221; he said. &'8220;The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development,&'8221; the President said in a statement. In a statement issued on the Telegram messaging platform and circulated by several ISIS supporters, the militant group identified the bombers as Egyptian nationals. Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the bombers' nationalities. ISIS warned of more attacks in its statement. &'8220;The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing,&'8221; the group said in Arabic. The bombings came on the Sunday before Easter, the day that marks the start of Holy Week for Christians. The first blast ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St. George's Church in Tanta, killing at least 27 and wounding 78 others, state TV reported. An explosive device had been planted under a seat in the main prayer hall, it said. News footage from Tanta showed people gathering at the church, singing hymns. The video then quickly switched to bars as harrowing screams and cries echo in the background. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. Police officers who had been posted outside the church stopped a man wearing an explosive belt from entering the church, the Interior Ministry said. Two of those officers, a man and a woman, were killed, along with civilians and other police staff. Egyptian blogger Maged Butter said he saw five or six ambulances and bloodstains 100 meters away from the site of the explosion, which happened near the church gate. He said women were crying and looking for their loved ones and were yelling at police for &'8220;not protecting&'8221; them. &'8220;Every now and then, I see a person crying &'8212; I think they are Christian &'8212; and they keep saying: 'have you seen my family? Have you seen my family?'&'8221; Butter said. Nile and Masriya TV, Egyptian state outlets, aired black banners in the upper left of their newscasts to signify mourning for the victims of both explosions. Fadi Sami heard about the Tanta bombing as he sat in the Alexandria cathedral on Sunday. The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, was leading Palm Sunday prayers. Though no one announced the Tanta news, Sami said he could hear the sadness in the pope's voice. He left as the pope finished the sermon. Twenty minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the church. &'8220;I came back and the area was covered in smoke. The stores around the church were all destroyed,&'8221; he said. &'8220;There were bodies and body parts everywhere, outside and inside the gate. I saw a man put together what was left of his son in a bag.&'8221; Alexandria sits on the Mediterranean and has a large Christian population. Downtown is usually busy but was relatively quiet on Sunday because of the holiday. &'8220;Thank God it is a Sunday, and many shops are closed,&'8221; Butter said. David Saeed said he was sitting in the last row in the church when the bomb went off. &'8220;We were just singing and suddenly in a blink of (an) eye, smoke, fire everywhere. I didn't realize what's happening until I saw blood and organs of our friends scattered over the ground,&'8221; Saeed told CNN. [&'].....»»

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Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

CAIRO, Egypt --- A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt's embattled Christian minority. The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said. The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack late Friday, saying it was carried out by a "security detail" and that one of its men was "martyred" in the strike. The claim was carried by the group's Aamaq news agency. The attack began when the ...Keep on reading: Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9.....»»

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ISIS claims London terror attacks that killed 7; police arrest 12 in raids – Fox News

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the latest London terror attack through its propaganda wing Amaq News Agency, the SITE intelligence group reported Sunday. The terror network reportedly claimed a &'8220;detachment&'8221; of its fighters crashed a rented van into a crowd of people on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage Saturday night, killing seven people and wounding nearly 50 others. However, ISIS gave no evidence to back up its claim. Earlier on Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the “evil ideology” behind the London attacks. May addressed the attacks Sunday after a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee. She called for a tougher stance against extremists and tougher controls on cyberspace to prevent its use by extremists. She said the measures were needed because “terrorism breeds terrorism” and attackers copy each other. Counterterrorism police carried out raids in east London and arrested 12 people in connection with the attacks. &'8220;Searches of a number of addresses in Barking are continuing,&'8221; London Metro Police said as the raids were being conducted. The homes raided included one belonging to one of the three terrorists who carried out the attacks, Sky News reported. &'8220;He's lived here for about three years,&'8221; neighbor Damien Pettit said. &'8220;He's one of our neighbors. I've said hello in passing more than 50, 60 occasions. He has two young kids. He was a very nice guy.&'8221; ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in recent years &'8212; but police have pushed back in some instances. The terror network announced it was behind the deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in the Philippines last Friday &'8212; but Manila police said the killer was a Filipino gambling addict heavily in debt, with no terror links. Saturday’s horror began around 10 p.m. local time when a white van veered off the road and barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge. The van’s three occupants then jumped out with large knives and attacked people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market, police said. Elizabeth O’Neill said her son was stabbed in the stomach by a man who approached him and yelled “this is for Islam.” Daniel O’Neill, 23, suffered a 7-inch knife wound, she said, according to Sky News. He was recovering. &'8220;He had just stepped outside the bar for a second and a man ran up to him and said 'this is for my family, this is for Islam' and stuck a knife straight in him,” the mother said. Gerard Vowles, 47, told local media that he saw the three attackers stabbing a woman at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them. &'8220;They went 'this is for Allah' and then they just started stabbing her multiple times,” he told Sky News. The Guardian quoted Vowles as saying, “They kept coming to try to stab me. They were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people.” He added, according to the paper, &'8220;I want to know if this girl is still alive. I've been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don't know what to do.&'8221; Brad Myers, an American vacationing in London, told “Fox &'38; Friends” Sunday that he had just taken some pictures and was about to walk along the Thames River when he heard a noise. “Then I saw the van come on to the pavement and continue along the side of the road just right where I was a few moments before, just mowing down pedestrians,” he said. “Everyone was in shock,” he said. What he saw reminded him of the truck attack in Nice, France. “It’s crazy to think I was right there,” Myers said. Eight police officers killed the attackers after arriving on the scene within eight minutes. The officers fired 50 shots, London's assistant police commissioner Mark Rowley said at a press briefing Sunday, calling the number unprecedented. One of the bullets struck an innocent bystander. The person was recovering in a hospital. Rowley said that the officers had no choice. &'8220;The situation these officers were confronted with was critical &'' a matter of life and death &'' three armed men, wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately,&'8221; he said. It turned out the suicide belts were fake. Rowley said the van had been rented recently by one of the attackers. May said 48 people were injured and many had life-threatening injuries. Thirty-six remained hospitalized Sunday. A courageous cop was one of the wounded. He confronted the three knife-wielding terrorists armed only with a baton. He was stabbed in the face, head and a leg. He was in stable condition. British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther said of the officer that &'8220;it became clear that he showed enormous courage in the face of danger.&'8221; Crowther added that &'8220;for an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud.&'8221; Those killed included a Canadian and a French national. May said the Thursday's national election would be held as scheduled because &'8220;violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.&'8221; Major parties suspended national campaigning Sunday out of respect for the victims. Speaking to Fox News from London, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the latest [&'].....»»

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Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt.....»»

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Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt kill 43, wound dozens

TANTA — Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm yesterday, killing at least 43 peopl.....»»

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ISIS wing claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack – CNN News

The man who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall Saturday before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a &'8220;soldier of the Islamic state,&'8221; according to an ISIS-linked news agency. The statement posted online Sunday by the Amaq age.....»»

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AFP says IS pronouncement of responsibility for Jolo blasts is mere propaganda

AFP said that claims made by the Islamic State that they had a hand in the twin bombings at the Jolo Cathedral in Brgy. Walled City in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, is just mere propaganda on their part. AFP says IS pronouncement of responsibility for Jolo blasts is mere propaganda The Armed Forces of the… link: AFP says IS pronouncement of responsibility for Jolo blasts is mere propaganda.....»»

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Bombing Of Philippines Cathedral; At Least 20 Dead

Two bombs exploded at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Philippines during Sunday services. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack......»»

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Philippines church bombing

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on Sunday at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Philippines that killed at least 27 people......»»

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ISIS claims responsibility for Jolo cathedral blasts

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 28 January) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the twin bombing in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday that left 20 persons dead and over 100 others injured. The Site Intelligence Group, which monitors activities of suspected terror groups, said on its website that the […].....»»

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ISIS claims Philippines cathedral bombings | Daily Telegraph

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for twin bombings at a cathedral in the southern Philippines that killed at least 20 people and wounded 111 others......»»

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State of emergency in Egypt after ISIS church bombings

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Islamic State group claims Philippines church bombing: SITE

Islamic State group claims Philippines church bombing: SITE South China Morning Post The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a double bomb attack on a Catholic church on a southern Phi.....»»

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Islamic State behind lethal Philippine church bombing

Military says at least 18 killed and 83 wounded at twin Catholic church bombings on Sunday in southern Jolo in an attack claimed by the Islamic State terror group The post Islamic State behind lethal.....»»

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The real culprits behind the Philippine church bombing

While Islamic State has taken responsibility for Sunday's lethal twin blasts, the obscure Adjang-Adjang Group stands accused of actually carrying out the attacks The post The real culprits behind.....»»

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Cathedral Bombing in Philippines

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Cathedral Bombing in Philippines The Daily Beast ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Philippines that killed at.....»»

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Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt Manila Bulletin News

Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt Manila Bulletin Relatives of Vietnamese tourists hit by a roadside bomb near Egypts famed pyramids arrived on Sunday in Cairo, an airport sou.....»»

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20 Dead in Sunday Church Bombing in Philippines | Time

20 Dead in Sunday Church Bombing in Philippines TIME Philippines' Duterte visits church bombing town as ISIS threat reemerges CNN ISIS Bombing of Cathedral in Philippines Shows Groups Reach Into.....»»

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Church bombing in the Philippines leaves 20 dead and dozens injured | PNC News First

Church bombing in the Philippines leaves 20 dead and dozens injured Pacific News Center Guam At least 20 people have died and dozens are injured in a bombing that occurred on Sunday at a Catholic ch.....»»

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Local Abu Sayyaf faction behind deadly Philippine church bombings, says army chief | Arab News

Author: Tue, 2019-01-29 23:04 MANILA:Twin bombings during a church service on a southern Philippine island were most likely perpetrated by a cell from a domestic militant group, the countrys armed for.....»»

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IS claims on Jolo blast need thorough vetting

ALMOST like clockwork, the Islamic State (IS) immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly blasts at Jolo Cathedral on Sunday. This is a claim that cannot be taken at face value….READ The post IS claims on Jolo blast need thorough vetting appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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