At least 21 people have been killed in an explosion inside a church in the Egyptian Nile delta city of Tanta, local media reported, as state television said another explosion killed 11 in front of a church in Alexandria.
The first attack occurred in the Coptic church of Mar Girgis, also known as St George, which was packed with worshippers marking Palm Sunday, a Christian feast commemorating the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the cause of the blast was not yet known.
Egypt’s state television reported that at least 69 people were wounded.
Security personnel secured the scene of the bomb explosion inside Mar Girgis church in Tanta [Khaled Elfiqi/EPA]
At least 69 people were wounded in the bomb explosion at Mar Girgis Coptic church during Palm Sunday mass Khaled Elfiqi/EPA]
Several hours after the bombing in Tanta, another explosion hit in front of Saint Mark’s church in Alexandria, killing at least 11 people, the health ministry said.
Media reports said another 21 people were wounded in the attack, which state TV said was a suicide bombing.