Christians too scared to celebrate Easter – fear of attack sees celebrations CANCELLED

Friday, April 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

CHRISTIANS have cancelled Easter celebrations fearing Islamic State (ISIS) will launch a terror attack.

By KATIE MANSFIELD
Express.co.uk
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Elaborate traditional celebrations for the holy weekend in Egypt have been stripped back over security fears, after at least 45 people were killed in Palm Sunday attacks on a Catheral in Alexandria and a church in Tanta on April 9.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came months after the terrorists vowed to eradicate Christianity from Egypt.

Only low-key church services are expected to go ahead, under armed guard.

One Egyptian Christian says the community is scared ISIS will carry out another attack on Saturday night as the main Easter services start.

The Christian, who refused to disclose his name for fear of reprisals, told Express.co.uk: “Christians in Egypt are concerned about their safety during this holy week.

“Safety is not guaranteed in spite of all the extra security measurements, people are worried someone could sneak into a church and leave a bomb. However, I was in Church last night and we had lots of extra security placed there by the security department in our neighbourhood.

“It is too early to tell what the outcome of the state of emergency will be but it will give the government free hand to take extra measures such as instantly capturing of suspects and trying to stop suspects before they commit attacks.

“Only time will tell if this will lead to greater safety for Christians on the ground.

“We do have strong concerns especially Saturday evening when the main Easter service starts and ends at midnight. It is one of the most heavily attended services of the year.

“It has been announced by Orthodox, Evangelical and Catholic that church services will take place but no other celebrations.”

The Egyptian government has deployed police to churches across the country with security barriers and metal detectors in place to protect those attending services.

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