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Dozens Killed As 2 Attacks Target Coptic Christians In Egypt

Relatives and onlookers accumulate outward a church after a explosve conflict in a Nile Delta city of Tanta, Egypt on Sunday.

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Relatives and onlookers accumulate outward a church after a explosve conflict in a Nile Delta city of Tanta, Egypt on Sunday.

Ahmed Hatem/AP

Updated during 9:23 a.m. ET

At slightest 36 people were killed and scores harmed after explosions in dual opposite Egyptian cities during Coptic Christian churches Sunday.

The interior method pronounced one of a explosions was a bombing in Mar Gerges church in Tanta, a city in a north of Egypt in a Nile Delta, located between Cairo and Alexandria. The church was full during a time with worshippers watching Coptic Christian Palm Sunday.

Health method orator Khaled Mujahed told Egyptian state radio that during slightest 25 people were killed and 78 injured.

Just hours after and about 80 miles divided in Alexandria, a second blast outward a Mar Markas church killed 11 people and harmed 35 others, Mujahed reliable to state television.

The Islamic State claimed shortcoming for a attacks, by a semi-official Amaq news agency.

Christians make adult roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s population, and scarcely all Christians are Copts, of a Coptic Orthodox Church.

Christians in Egypt have been targeted before in attacks by Islamic extremists. In December, 25 people died when a explosve exploded during Sunday mass in Cairo, as NPR’s Bill Chappell reported. At a time it was “the deadliest conflict on Egypt’s Christian minority in years,” he notes.

ISIS has targeted Coptic Christians. The organisation expelled a video dual years ago appearing to uncover a mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

And on New Year’s Day in 2011, a bombing during a church in Alexandria killed during slightest 21 people, as NPR’s Jane Arraf noted.

In his Palm Sunday Mass during a Vatican, Pope Francis cursed a attack. He spoke of people who “suffer from wars and terrorism, from interests that are armed and prepared to strike.” He is scheduled to revisit Egypt during a finish of April.

Ahmed Abuhamda contributed to this report.

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