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Hungarian PM Sends Condolences to Egypt Following Palm Sunday Terrorist Attacks

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.04.10.

Yesterday, two terrorist attacks in Egypt left at least 49 dead, and 78 injured. The attacks targeted Coptic Christian churches during their Palm Sunday Services, CNN reports.

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The scene of the bomb attack on St. George’s Church in Tanta, Egypt on Palm Sunday (Photo: CNN)

Egyptian state media reports that “at least 27 people died in a bomb blast inside a church in the northern city of Tanta”; later in the day, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, killing 18 civilians and four police officers.

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi has declared a state of mourning, as well as three-month state of emergency following the attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

According to Hungarian wire service MTI, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent his condolences to Egyptian political and religious leaders in the aftermath of the attacks.

In his letter to President Sisi, the Hungarian Prime Minister described the attack as a “barbarous act” designed “to undermine the national unity of Egypt.” Orbán also assured Sisi of Hungary’s support and solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

The prime minister also sent a letter to Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Church, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa. In his letter, Orbán told the Coptic Pope that “protecting Christian communities in the Middle East and the North African region is a top priority” for the Hungarian government. He also offered medical help to those affected by the terrorist attack.

Video has surfaced on YouTube of the Tanta Coptic Church in the seconds before the attack, which you can view below. The news footage shows worshipers singing in the church, before the video cuts out as screams and cries can be heard (warning, this video is graphic and not suitable for all viewers).

Via MTI, Hungary Matters, CNN, and BBC

Images via CNN

Video via YouTube