21 killed, 59 injured in Egypt Coptic Church explosion

Photo of the explosion.

Cairo: According to the information given by the media, in an incident that took place at a Coptic Church in Tanta city of northern Egypt today where 21 people lost their life and 59 people injured in an explosion.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known but Egypt’s Christian minority has often been targeted by Islamist militants in recent years.

In December last year, 25 people died when a bomb exploded at a Coptic cathedral in Cairo during a service.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by militants since 2013 when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who hailed from the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a crackdown against Islamists.

Some of Morsi’s supporters blamed Christians for supporting the overthrow.

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The explosion occurred as Coptic Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

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