Egypt Identifies Suicide Bomber Behind Alexandria Church Attack

At least 44 people were killed in two attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday

An Egyptian uses his cell phone to take pictures of the destruction, debris, and bloodstains on the walls and icon murals inside the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta.
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Egypt's interior ministry has identified the suicide bomber in the Alexandria cathedral attack as 31-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, a resident of Suez province, a statement said on Wednesday.

At least 44 people were killed in two attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks, one in Alexandria and the other in the Nile Delta city of Tanta. The Alexandria blast was at St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral and the Tanta explosion was at St. George’s Church.

On Sunday, the Tanta police also defused a bomb that had been placed by the police station in the city, which is next to a hospital.

Following the attacks, the Egyptian parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi's decision to declare a three-month state of emergency.