Egypt: Over 20 killed in Palm Sunday church blast; Second explosion reported near Alexandria church

At least 21 people were killed and over 40 more were injured in a blast at a Coptic Christian church in Tanta, Egypt. The explosion took place during the Palm Sunday service.

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At least 21 people were killed and 45 others were injured in an explosion at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt on Sunday morning, according to Egyptian security officials. The explosion took place in a church in Tanta, which is just north of Cairo. The cause of the explosion is still unclear and no terrorist organization has taken responsibility for the blast.

Several reports are citing an Egyptian security official who stated that a suicide bomber blew himself up in the church. However, other reports claim that a bomb was planted at the entrance to the church. The Egyptian Health Ministry spokesperson confirmed that over 20 were killed in the explosion during an interview with CBS. The blast took place at St. George Coptic Church during the Palm Sunday service.

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Tanta, after the blast Photo Credit: Egyptian media outlets/Channel 2 News

In recent weeks, several attacks have been carried out against the Egyptian Coptic Christian community, which makes up about 10 percent of the country’s population. This morning’s attack comes just a few weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

A few hours after the blast in Tanta, another explosion occurred in front of a church in Alexandria. According to Egyptian media outlets, several people were injured in the blast.

On April 1, 16 people were injured when a bomb exploded at a police training center in Tanta. A terrorist group called Liwa al-Thawra claimed responsibility for the blast.

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