Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in its statement towards twin terror attacks on the Mar Girgis Church in Tanta and the St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria during Egypt’s Palm Sunday festivities on 9 April 2017, stressed that Singapore strongly condemns the acts which had resulted in the tragic loss of lives, as well as injuries and suffering to many.
"Those responsible for these reprehensible acts must be brought to justice," the Ministry stated. Singapore stands together with the Egyptian government against the scourge of terrorism and with its people at this time of grief. We also convey our deepest condolences to the victims’ families while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
MFA noted that Singapore stands together with the Egyptian government against the scourge of terrorism and with its people at this time of grief. We also convey our deepest condolences to the victims’ families while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
"We also convey our deepest condolences to the victims’ families while wishing the injured a speedy recovery," it said.
The incident took place in two different churches. Christians were commemorating the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, which is also known as Palm Sunday.
The explosion inside a church in the Egyptian Nile Delta city of Tanta claimed at least 27 lives. While 16 people, including seven police officers, were killed in a blast in front of a church in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Egypt's state television reported that at least 71 people were wounded in the attack.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group has claimed responsibility for both attack in a statement via its Amaq website on Sunday (9 April), saying that the attacks were carried out by two of its fighters wearing suicide vests.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered troops be deployed across the country to help secure "vital facilities" following the blasts.
He also said that a three-month state of emergency would be imposed.
Witnesses in Tanta described a bloody and chaotic scene.
One of the witnesses of Tanta explosion told Aljazeera that the incident was bloody and chaotic, as there were lots of bodies were torn apart and scattered on the floor.
MFA stated that currently, there are no e-registered Singaporeans in both cities. Thus far, there are no reports of Singaporeans injured or directly affected by the incidents. Singaporeans in Egypt are advised to monitor the news, heed the advice of the local authorities and keep in touch with their families and friends so that they know they are safe.
Those who require urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo
Tel: +20 2 3749 0468 / +20 2 3749 5045
Duty Hand-Phone: +20 109 8064 130
Email: [email protected]
MFA Duty Office (24-hour)
Tel: +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855
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