Fugitive suspect Amr Saad - File photo
CAIRO – 11 August 2017: Egyptian authorities launch security campaigns to arrest Amr Saad, the most wanted suspect in the Palm Sunday attacks, on Friday.
Amr Saad, the most wanted man by Egyptian authorities, was born in Qena. He is the leader of a terrorist cell that conducted the Palm Sunday attacks.
Saad has been accused of training the two suicide bombers, “Mahmoud Mubarak” and “Mamdouh Baghdadi”, to target Mar Girgis Coptic Church in Tanta and St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, using military weapons and manufacturing explosives.
Saad convinced terrorists to commit such heinous attacks in the name of religion.
Saad was also involved in targeting a Christian bus in Minya, a police vehicle in Luxor and many other terrorist incidents.
On April 9, two explosions targeted churches in Tanta, north of Cairo, and Alexandria during Palm Sunday services, leaving at least 44 dead and over 70 injured.
On April 13, Egypt’s Interior Ministry identified the bomber who targeted Mar Girgis Church in Tanta, in which 28 people were killed, according to a statement by the ministry.
The suicide bomber was identified as Mamdouh Amin Mohamed Boghdadi, 40, a member of a terrorist cell led by the fugitive extremist Amr Saad Abbas Ibrahim.
The ministry announced it was able to capture three other members of the terrorist cell and set a financial award of EGP 500,000 ($28,130) for any information that could lead the security forces to the fugitive terrorists.
The Ministry of Interior named the suicide bomber behind the Alexandria’s Coptic Orthodox attack as Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, also affiliated with the same terrorist group.