Egypt Coptic Church cuts back Easter celebrations after attacks

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Egypt's interior ministry said today it had identified the suicide bomber behind a deadly attack at the weekend outside a church in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Sunday's bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, are the latest escalation by the extremist group - which recently vowed to step up its attacks against Egypt's embattled Christian minority.

US President Donald Trump led worldwide condemnation of Sunday's attacks.

State of emergency declared in Alexandria and Tanta, Egypt. While persecution in the country is not as severe as in other countries, Christians are often discriminated against in certain instances, like those involving church building construction or fix.

According to Andrew Abdel Shaheed, and Egyptian Copt in Brussels, the said measure would only trail people for no reason and be arrested without warrants. In December, a suicide bombing claimed by an IS affiliate killed 29 people during Sunday mass in Cairo.

Clergy at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George in Dyker Heights noted that the season of Lent and Easter is a time for forgiveness.

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A Muslim funeral was also held in El Behira province for one of the four policemen killed in the St Mark's attack.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by militants since 2013 when the military toppled president Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a crackdown against Islamists.

President Donald Trump expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing "So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt", and that he was confident Sisi would handle the situation properly. El-Hagger's husband, Ezzat Abdel Qader, is the assistant of Al-Behaira security director.

Further, the attacks can hurt Egypt as they come right at the end of a successful trip to the United States for the President. They identified him from his DNA and said Christian churches were being deliberately targeted.

In October 2011, nearly 30 people - mostly Coptic Christians - were killed outside the state television building in Cairo after the army charged at protesters denouncing the torching of a church in southern Egypt.

In the second incident which occurred several hours later, a suicide bomber detonated himself when he was stopped by security guards at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, leading to the deaths of some 17 people. A man attempted to get into the church from an unchecked side gate, however he was asked by security forces to get into an X-ray device.