Church Bombings In Egypt Kill 45, Wound Dozens

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Update: 45 people killed & 119 others injured in twin blasts targeting Coptic churches in Egypt, reports news agency PTI

Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches in different cities as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

Update: 11 killed, 66 injured in Alexandria’s Saint Mark’s church blast, says Egyptian Health Ministry. Islamic State group claims Egypt church bombings: Amaq

Update: At least six persons have reportedly been killed in a second explosion that occurred in front of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, hours after a bomb attack near a church in Egypt’s Tanta, north of Cairo, earlier on Sunday. The explosion took place when Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, was leading the Palm Sunday mass, local media reports said. However, the pope has been reported unhurt in the blast.

Update: Egyptian official says death toll rises to 21 in church bombing north of Cairo, reports  news agency AP.

Cairo: Egypt state media says a bomb has gone off in a church in the Nile Delta, causing casualties.

The MENA news agency attributed the report to unnamed Interior Ministry officials, who provided no further details.

The explosion took place in the town of Tanta as Coptic Christians were marking Palm Sunday. Christians make up around 10 percent of Egypt’s population and have repeatedly been targeted by Islamic extremists.

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