Death Toll Rises in Egypt Church Bombings

However, others said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

An explosive device was planted in front seat of the church, State-run TV quoted a security sources as saying. Another suicide attack killed at least 28 people inside St George's Church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta.

Christine Rizk, a church member at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Coptic Orthodox in Miamisburg-was raised in the town of Alexandria, Egypt.

The Health Ministry said six Muslims were also among the dead in Alexandria.

Coptic Pope Tawadros, who was leading the mass in Alexandria's Saint Mark's Cathedral when the bomb exploded, was not harmed, the Interior Ministry said.

The claim was published by the militant group's Amaq news agency after the attacks, which targeted large crowds gathered for Palm Sunday.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for two church bombings in Egypt that have claimed the lives of at least 43 people and wounded over 100 more. The mosque, which includes a Sufi shrine, is considered the second most important mosque in city, Al-Ahram Arabic reported.

Sisi warned that the war against the jihadists would be "long and painful", and said that the state of emergency would come into force after all "legal and constitution steps" were taken.

President al-Sisi condemned the attacks and summoned the National Defence Council to an urgent session.

President Donald Trump tweeted "so sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt".

"The United States will continue to support Egypt's security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism", the statement said. Egyptian Copts have been the target of persecution and church bombings.

"Terrorist groups are attacking the society in Egypt and dividing the country", el-Sisi said, vowing to fight terrorism and urging the public to be united against it.

"And to the families of the brotherly Arab Republic of Egypt and to the families of the victims on behalf of the people and the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and on our behalf, our honest condolences and honest condolences".

  • Joanne Flowers