2017-04-12 / Front Page

From St. Petersburg To Bayside, ISIS Attack Felt World Wide

By Catherine Tsounis

Great Patriotic War memorial at the Kremlin wall with flowers in memory of the April 3 victims of the ISIS terrorist attack at the St. Petersburg metro. Photo Irina ChetinaGreat Patriotic War memorial at the Kremlin wall with flowers in memory of the April 3 victims of the ISIS terrorist attack at the St. Petersburg metro. Photo Irina ChetinaThe April 3 terrorist attack in St. Petersburg, Russia was covered in detail by the Greek language radio programs of New York City. Mainstream America news media brushed over the event quickly.

The following day on April 4 at the 111th Precinct Community Meeting in Bayside, the topic was discussed. Deputy Inspector William A. McBride, said,  “What happens in Russia, Paris, England and parts of the world affects us in New York City. This is 2017. We are vigilant. We must take care of our communities.”

Irina Chetina, my Russian guide of expresstorussia.com and intourist.com. excursion, emailed information on the Moscow’s community’s reaction.

“Thank you for your support and sympathy," she said. “Such sad events make us realize how fragile the world is. I remember very well the tragedy in New York (September 11) as it was a shock for people all over the world. Since 2000 we've had about fifteen terrorists attacks in Russia, eleven of them in Moscow.”

She continued saying “These awful events teach people to stand together and help each other. After the attack in St. Petersburg, the metro was closed for one day. It caused a big problem for many people who do not have cars. Public transport was overloaded. Then thousands of car owners and taxi drivers volunteered to transfer passengers free of charge while the metro was closed. People offered their help and money to victims and their relatives.”

Six days after the St. Petersburg terrorist attack,”two blasts targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt on Palm Sunday have killed at least 44 people, officials say. An explosion at St George's Coptic church in Tanta killed 27 people. Hours later, a blast outside St Mark's Coptic church in Alexandria left 17 dead. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the explosions, the latest in a series of attacks targeting the Christian minority in the country.
 

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