AT least 26 people have been killed and more than 40 were injured after a bomb exploded inside a packed Egyptian church as worshippers celebrated Palm Sunday.
A second blast happened outside St Mark’s Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egyptian state media has reported.
Bombs targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt as the Christian faithful observed Palm Sunday, one of the most important day on the religion’s calendar.
A powerful blast rippled through a Palm Sunday service at a Coptic Christian church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta, killing 26 people and wounding 40 others, state TV reported. The explosive device at St. George Coptic church in Tanta was planted under a seat in the church, where it detonated in the main prayer hall, it said.
At least six have been killed and 33 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside the Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria according to two state-news outlets. Egyptian state media also reports that the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II was inside the Church when the blast happened.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the start of Holy Week for Christians.