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Egypt: 25 killed in north Cairo church bombing

AP
Published : Apr 9, 2017, 2:22 pm IST
Updated : Apr 9, 2017, 3:59 pm IST

No one immediately claimed the attack.

 The attack took place on the Coptic Christian Palm Sunday, when the church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was packed with worshippers. (Photo: Representational/File)
  The attack took place on the Coptic Christian Palm Sunday, when the church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was packed with worshippers. (Photo: Representational/File)

Cairo: Egypt's Health Ministry says a bomb has struck a church north of Cairo, killing at least 25 people and wounding 71 others.

The attack took place on the Coptic Christian Palm Sunday when the church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta was packed with worshippers. Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed confirmed the toll from the attack in an interview with CBC TV.

The state-run MENA news agency provided the same death toll and said 35 were wounded.

CBC showed footage from inside the church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

No one immediately claimed the attack.

Christians make up for around 10 percent of Egypt's population and have repeatedly been targeted by Islamic extremists.

Tags: egypt church bombing, bomb attack, egypt's health ministry, coptic christian palm sunday
Location: Egypt, Kairo, Cairo