Published: Wednesday 14 December, 2016

ISIS Warns of More Church Attacks After Egypt Coptic Church Bombing

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a church bombing in Egypt that killed 25 people Sunday. At the same time, the Islamic State has warned of more church attacks in its ‘war on polytheism’.


ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt church attack, and warns of more to come. (PHOTO: ABC News)

ISIS claims a lone suicide bomber was responsible for the Egypt Coptic Church attack. It identified the bomber as Abu Abdallah al-Masri who, ISIS said, detonated his explosive belt in the middle of the packed church on the grounds of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.

Government reports say 25 people died in the bombing, mostly women and children, as the bomb was triggered in the women’s section of the church. 49 others were reported injured.

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“Let all the disbelievers and apostates in Egypt and everywhere know that our war on polytheism is ongoing, and that the State of the Caliphate with permission from Allah the Almighty will continue to spill their blood and grill their bodies, so that there is no sedition and the religion is all for Allah,” said ISIS as translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

A CCTV video has been released showing the figure of a man, said to be the suicide bomber, entering the main Coptic church in Cairo. Minutes later, a blast occurs.

The explosion took place inside St Peter’s Church attached to St Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic pope who heads Egypt’s Christian minority,  at around 10:00 AM when Sunday mass was being heard.

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It was the deadliest attack on Egyptian civilians in years. But many now fear more attacks will follow after the Islamic State declared that it would continue attacks against “every infidel and apostate in Egypt, and everywhere”.

ISIS has been engaged in a battle with the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula for years. But with this new threat, observers fear the Islamic State plans to spread its operations in Egypt’s most populous cities.