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Sunday, 09 April 2017 - 19:42
Explosions hit Coptic churches in Tanta & Alexandria in Egypt
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At least 21 people have been killed in an explosion inside a church in the Egyptian Nile delta city of Tanta, local media reported, as state television said another explosion occurred at a church in Alexandria.

The first attack occurred in the Coptic church of Mar Girgis, also known as St George, which was packed with worshippers marking Palm Sunday, a Christian feast commemorating the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the cause of the blast was not yet known.

Egypt's state television reported that at least 50 people were wounded.

Several hours after the bombing in Tanta, another explosion hit in front of a Christian church in Alexandria, killing at least two people.

The bombings were the latest in a series of assaults on Egypt's Christian minority, who make up about 10 percent of the population and have been repeatedly targeted by armed groups.

They also come just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt.
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