UN condemns "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attacks in Egypt

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The "heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" that took place in Egypt on Sunday have been strongly condemned by the UN.

Bombs exploded in two Orthodox churches in Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday services, killing 41 people and injuring over 100 others.

Islamist militants, also known as ISIL or Da'esh, claimed responsibility for the incident, according to media reports.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and members of the Security Council have expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of Sunday's terrorist attacks in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, they warned.

The incident happened on Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of Lent which commemorates the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem days before he is crucified.

Security Council members also underscored the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of such reprehensible acts to justice.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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