The young Trump administration is facing a series of major foreign policy tests, with terrorists attacking Christian churches in Egypt just as the holy week of Easter begins.

ISIS, the Islamic State terror army is  claiming responsibility for bombings that at two Coptic Christian churches on Sunday, which left at least 47 people killed and 100 injured.

The day’s first attack was in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where 26 worshippers at St. George’s Coptic Church were killed.

The church’s YouTube channel was transmitting as the bomb went off. The video abruptly ends, but the chilling shrieks of victims can still be heard.

A witness who lives across the street describes church deacons in blood stained white robes running from the scene.  More seriously injured victims were rushed to nearby hospitals and private cars.

Both of the disturbing incidents were caught on camera.

Surveillance video of Sunday’s second attack shows a suicide bomber with a blue sweater draped over his shoulder outside the historic St. Mark’s Cathedral in the port city of Alexandria.The bomber is turned away from the main gate directed to a metal detector. He then walks past a female officer talking to another woman and detonates the bomb, causing a huge fireball to erupt outside the cathedral.

Minutes earlier in the cathedral, the leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tardos II finished services in observance of Palm Sunday. Local reports say he was  still inside the building at the time of the blast but was not hurt.

At least 11 people were killed, including three police.

St. Mark’s Cathedral is considered sacred and serves as the historical seat for the Coptic pope.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday night declared a three month state of emergency the following attacks.

Fattah el-Sisi was just welcomed by President Trump at the White House last week, after a tense relationship between the Egyptian leader and the previous administration. Trump has repeatedly mentioned Egypt as one of the Muslim-majority allies that the U.S. should maintain its partnership with in the fight against extremists like the Islamic State group.

Following the deadly blasts, Trump tweeted he has “great confidence” el-Sissi, “will handle the situation properly.”

The State Department issued its own statement condemning the attacks, which it called “barbaric.”

“The United States will continue to support Egypt’s security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism,” the statement said.

According to a US think tank, this year alone there have been more than 2 dozen attacks targeting Egypt’s Coptic orthodox community. The group comprises only about 10 percent of the population.

In a recent video, ISIS threatened to increase attacks targeting Egypt’s minority Christian community which it refers to as infidels.


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