December 2016: In Cairo, Egypt, at least 29 people were killed and more than 50 people were injured when a suicide bomber struck during Sunday Mass.
Following the attack at SS Peter and Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, next to the St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility, stating on Facebook that similar attacks would continue “against every infidel and apostate in Egypt, and everywhere.”
Egyptian Catholic bishops’ spokesman Father Rafic Graiche told Aid to the Church in Need: “There is a feeling among many who attend Mass that under the seat there is a bomb.”
Four months later, in April 2017 on Palm Sunday suicide bombers targeted two churches in Alexandria and Tanta, resulting in 44 dead and more than 120 injured.
The following month, at least 28 people were killed and 23 others were injured when extremists targeted a bus filled with pilgrims travelling in Minya Province, Upper Egypt. Again, Daesh claimed responsibility.