Prayer services held for Egypt terror victims

Religious and political leaders held prayer services in Dyker Heights Tuesday in response to a pair of deadly suicide bombings targeting Coptic Christians during Palm Sunday services in Egypt.



Forty-four Copts were killed during the attacks, which the Islamic State group claimed credit for.



Egypt is home to the Middle East's largest Christian community. Terror analysts say the attacks in Egypt reveal a shift in Islamic State group strategy toward killing Christians to destabilize the country.



Clergy at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George in Dyker Heights noted that the season of Lent and Easter is a time for forgiveness.



"The spirit of evil can only be conquered by the spirit of love -- not by bombs and not by bullets," one speaker said.



Borough President Eric Adams hosted a training session to illustrate how New Yorkers should react during a potential attack in Brooklyn.



"We're living in different times," Adams said. "During Holy Week, where people are praying for peace, there's a body of evil that's praying for distraction and harm."



In Egypt, the president there declared a state of emergency following the attacks, which President Donald Trump applauded. Security at many places of worship in the United States is also on high alert.


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