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Egypt: attacks on Coptic churches in Tanta, Alexandria

Egyptians gather near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017 - AFP

Egyptians gather near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017 - AFP

09/04/2017 15:18

(Vatican Radio) Egypt’s Christian community was the target of a pair of terror attacks in different cities on Sunday, in which dozens of people were killed and scores of others injured.

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In Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark’s cathedral killed 11 people.

Pope Tawadros II had been attending Mass inside, though he was unhurt.

An earlier blast at St George’s church in Tanta in the Nile Delta north of Cairo killed more than two dozen people.

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for both attacks. 

09/04/2017 15:18