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21 Killed After Egyptian Church Was Hit By Explosion During Palm Sunday Service

An explosion has ripped through an Egyptian church, killing over 20 people. The blast took place during during a Palm Sunday service at St George’s Coptic church in Tanta, a city north of Cairo and 130 km (81 miles) southeast of Alexandria.

Kings College PhD candidate Adel El-Adawy tweeted soon after the explosion. His research covers transnational security issues in the Middle East, and he is a regular commentator on Egyptian politics. He also shared pictures of the damage done by the blast and putting the death toll at five.

The death toll has since risen to 21 people, and reports say around 38 have been wounded. This figure was provided by the head of the area’s ambulance service Magdi Awad. Egyptian state television provided a higher estimate, saying around 50 people had been injured. Vivian Fareeg, an eyewitness at the scene spoke to Reuters news agency to describe what she saw at the moment of impact.

“There was a huge explosion in the hall. Fire and smoke filled the room and the injuries were extremely severe. I saw the intestines of those injured and legs severed entirely from their bodies.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the exact cause of the blast remains unknown. Provincial governor Ahmad Deif, however, confirmed that the explosion occurred inside the church and security forces were searching the debris for any explosive devices. He postulated that “either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up” but could not confirm an exact cause as investigations are still ongoing.

Sadly, this bombing is yet another attack in a series of explosions aimed at Egyptian Christians. Christians make up about 10% of the country’s population, and have repeatedly been targeted by Islamist extremists.

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