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Twin bombing: Two killed in suicide bombing outside Alexandria church

JERICHO, WEST BANK - JANUARY 18: Christian Orthodox pilgrims arrive to dive into the Jordan River to be baptized during the Epiphany celebrations marking Jesus Christ's baptism near Jericho city of West Bank on January 18, 2017. ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

A second bombing was reported near a church in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Sunday, hours after at least 21 people were killed in a church explosion in northern Egypt.

Several people were reportedly injured in the blast that took place outside the church in Alexandria, local media reported.

Earlier Sunday, a bomb struck inside St. George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, killing at least 21 people.

At least 59 people were also injured in the bombing, according to the Health Ministry.

It was unclear whether the blast was caused by a bomb or a suicide bombing, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Sunday’s bombings occurred on Palm Day, a Christian feast commemorating the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

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Coptic Christians are estimated to account for between 8 and 10 percent of Egypt’s population of about 90 million.

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  • peepsqueek

    Coptic News: 
”Since Christianity came to Egypt in 57 A.D., we, the Christians of Egypt, have not had conflict with the Jewish people. Copts have been a marginal population held in captivity for sixteen centuries. We constitute the largest non-Arab, non-Moslem minority in the Middle East. The Church of Alexandria, is one of the oldest organizations in the Middle East. Despite this distinguished history, it is a church that has been under siege since the Islamic invasion.”