Egypt identifies Tanta church bomber

Egyptian authorities said Thursday (April 13th) they have identified the second of two bombers who targeted Coptic Christian Palm Sunday services, AFP reported.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) claimed the Sunday attacks, which killed 45 people and wounded at least 70 others.

On Wednesday, the Interior Ministry identified the bomber who targeted St. Mark's church in Alexandria as Mahmud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, born in Qena province in 1986.

On Thursday, it said it had identified the bomber who blew himself up in St. George's, Tanta.

"DNA tests carried out on the family of a fugitive member and the remains of the suicide bomber... made it possible to identify him as Mamduh Amin Mohammed Baghdadi, born in 1977 in Qena province, where he lived," the ministry said.

The ministry said he was a member of a "terrorist" cell, and also announced the arrest of three other members of the group.

On Wednesday, the ministry offered a 100,000 pound ($5,500) reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects it said belonged to extremist cells linked to the church attacks.

On Thursday, the reward was increased to 500,000 pounds ($27,000).

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