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Palm Sunday bombings hit Egyptian churches

Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 01:13

At least 36 people have been killed and a hundred more wounded in bombings at two Egyptian Coptic churches, as Christians gathered for an important religious holiday. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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The bombings hit two Coptic Churches in Egypt on an important Christian holiday. One blast inside a church in the city of Tanta killing at least 25 people according to Egypt's state-run news service. The second, a suicide bombing outside a church in Alexandria, killing at least 11 more. Over a hundred were wounded in the attacks. Islamic State claiming responsibility. It's the biggest attack on the country's Christian minority in years. They struck as Christians worldwide gathered for Palm Sunday, a week before Easter. It also comes just weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt. Coptic Christians face regular violence in there, frequent targets of arsons or assaults. And in February Christians fled the North Sinai region in droves after a wave of targeted killings by Islamic State. That, after a December suicide bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least two dozen people. The aftermath seen here. Many women and children died on that day.

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Palm Sunday bombings hit Egyptian churches

Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 01:13