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Church Bombings Rock Palm Sunday in Egypt
Two blasts, first in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, then in Alexandria, targeted Coptic Egyptian churches during worship.
A man sits on a bench outside a church after a bomb attack in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. The attack took place on Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week leading up to Easter, when the church was packed with worshipers. It was one of two church blasts in Egypt, the second happening just hours later in Alexandria, that killed 44 people and wounded more than 100.
Egyptians walk past the place near a church in Alexandria where a bomb blast struck worshipers. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place.