US News Egypt church bombing kills at least 21

14:35  09 april  2017
14:35  09 april  2017 Source:

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Thirty-eight are also injured, said Magdi Awad, head of the provincial ambulance service. State television, meanwhile, put the number at 42.

The explosion happened in the city of Tanta - about 70 miles north of Cairo - at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church.

Video and pictures, reportedly showing the aftermath, show crowds gathered around bodies and large blood stains on the pews and church walls.

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"Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up," provincial governor Ahmad Deif told the state-run Nile TV channel.

A witness told the Reuters news agency: "There was a huge explosion in the hall. Fire and smoke filled the room and the injuries were extremely severe.

The explosion took place in a church in the Egyptian city of Tanta, in the Nile Delta © Sky News Screen Grab The explosion took place in a church in the Egyptian city of Tanta, in the Nile Delta
"I saw the intestines of those injured and legs severed entirely from their bodies,"

Egypt is home to around nine million Coptic Christians and there have been previous attacks on them by groups linked to Islamic State. However, no one has so far claimed responsibility.

A bomb in a cathedral in Cairo killed at least 25 people in December 2016, many of them women and children.

Targeted killings in the country's Sinai peninsula have also caused hundreds of Christians to flee the area and an IS video in February called for more attacks.

Pope Francis, due to visit Egypt at the end of this month, has condemned the attack.

Egyptian state television said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would visit the site later and has ordered an emergency defence council meeting.

Copts often suffer attacks in more rural areas of Egypt, usually over things such as the construction of a church or inter-faith relationships.

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