Egypt’s Coptic Church cancels Easter celebrations

Egypt’s Coptic Church has canceled Easter celebrations, as it mourns victims of deadly bombings at two churches.

A spokesman for the Church said on Wednesday that celebrations would be limited to services on the eve of Easter, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said that Easter Sunday would be designated as a day for receiving condolences for victims of the April 9 bombings.

Forty-five people were killed and dozens injured in two suicide attacks, claimed by the radical Islamic State militia, targeting two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria.

The government has imposed a three-month state of emergency across Egypt, giving authorities broad powers in fighting an active Islamist insurgency.

Copts constitute the majority of Egypt’s Christian minority, who make up around 10 per cent of the country’s 92 million mostly Muslim population.

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