Abdullah (C) was born in 1986 in the
southern province of Qena and had lived
in the province of Suez on the Red Sea
CAIRO - Egypt's interior ministry said on
Wednesday it had identified the suicide
bomber behind a deadly attack at the weekend
outside a church in the coastal city of
The ministry said Mahmud Hassan Mubarak
Abdullah had carried out the attack outside
Saint Mark's church in Alexandria on Palm
Sunday that killed 17 people and was claimed
by the Islamic State group.
It said he was born in 1986 in the
southern province of Qena and had lived in
the province of Suez on the Red Sea.
The ministry said it had determined his
identity by comparing the DNA of remains
found at the site of the bombing with the
DNA of "runaway suspects".
Abdullah, who had worked for an oil
company, was linked to a "terrorist"
network, a cell from which carried out a
previous bombing of a Cairo church in
December that killed 29 people, the ministry
said in a statement.
It said security forces were "pursuing
efforts" to identify a second attacker who
targeted another church in the Nile Delta
city of Tanta hours earlier on Palm Sunday,
killing 28 worshippers.
IS also claimed that attack.
Egypt's Coptic Church announced on
Wednesday that it would cut back Easter
celebrations to a simple mass after the
Parliament on Tuesday unanimously
approved a three-month state of emergency
declared by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
in the aftermath of the attacks.