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40 people killed, dozens injured in explosion at church in Egypt


In Egypt, two blasts targeting Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday have killed at least 40 people. More than 100 people were injured. Officials say, in Alexandria, an explosion outside St Mark’s Coptic church killed 13 people. Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, had been attending Mass inside and was unhurt. An earlier blast at St George’s Coptic church in Tanta killed 27 people. Islamic State says, it is behind the explosions.
The Interior Ministry said, four police officers, including one policewoman, were among those killed in Alexandria. The suicide bomber blew himself up after they stopped him from entering the church. The first explosion in Tanta, north of Cairo, took place near the altar.
Security forces later dismantled two explosive devices at the Sidi Abdel Rahim Mosque, also in Tanta.
The blasts appear to have been timed for maximum impact, as people gathered to mark Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
Egyptian security forces had been put on alert in anticipation of attacks. Pope Francis, who is due to visit Egypt later this month, has condemned the explosions.

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