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Bomb blasts shattered Palm Sunday in Egypt

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Egypt church bombing
Egypt church bombing

EGYPT-Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday in Egypt have killed at least 36 people.

In Alexandria, an explosion outside St. Mark’s Coptic Church killed eleven people.

State media reported that Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt.

An earlier blast at St. Georg’s Coptic Church in Tanta killed 25 people.

So-called Islamic State (15) says it is behind the explosions.

The group has targeted Coptic Christians in Egypt.

A  police officer who tried to prevent a suicide bomber from detonating his device inside the church was among the dead in Alexandria, Egyptian Independent Website reports.

The first explosion in Tanta,94km (58 miles) North of Cairo,took place near the altar,Gen Terek Atiya,a spokesperson at Egypt’s Interior Ministry, told AFP news agency.


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