Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

It said he was born in 1986 in the southern province of Qena and had lived in the province of Suez on the Red Sea.

One might think that an Islamic State attack on the leader of the Coptic church on Palm Sunday would draw more emphasis than a narrative about IS' struggles, or later in the piece General Sisi's crackdown on civil society in response to the attack. "Egypt's Copts put their trust in God and not in security measures", he said.

The ministry also said it would increase the reward for information leading to the arrest of any member of the cell linked to Sunday's attacks from 100,000 Egyptian pounds (about $5,500) to 500,000 pounds. The Health Ministry said six Muslims were among the dead in Alexandria.

Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency after the bombings and called in the army to protect "vital" installations around the country.

Egyptians gather behind a security perimeter near the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside the church as worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017.

In 2011, Al-Azhar broke off relations with the Holy See after Pope Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, called for better protection for the country's Christian minority, in the wake of an earlier attack on a church in Alexandria.

The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Minya, stated on Tuesday April 11, that regular liturgical prayer services will be held commemorating the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, however there will be no festive manifestations of the celebrations.

The group continues to target security in the Sinai Peninsula nearly daily while carrying out sporadic operations in mainland Egypt.

The ministry also revealed that another cell working under the umbrella of the same group has attacked a police checkpoint in the New Valley governorate, killing a number of police men. The U.S. issued a travel warning on Wednesday, advising its nationals in Egypt to stay away from places of worship for the next two weeks and to avoid crowds as long as they remain in the country.

  • Leroy Wright