Sunday, April 9, 2017

Two Egyptian Churches Bombed

At least 36 people were killed in two explosions targeting Coptic churches in Egypt, during celebrations of Palm Sunday.  In Tanta, located in the Nile delta north of Cairo, a bomb went off during Mass in the Mar Girgis church, killing 25 people.  Later, a suicide bomber killed at least 11 people at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria.  Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been at the church, but left before the blast.  About 100 people have been reported injured from the two attacks.  No group has yet claimed responsibility.  Catholic Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt later this month.

Read more at Al Arabiya, Deutsche Welle, CNN, Reuters and NDTV.

UPDATE:  DW, CNN and Reuters now report between 16 and 18 people killed in Alexandria.  That would place the overall number at up to 43.

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