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Egypt Church Bombing Victims

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Egypt Church Bombing Victims

Bombings killed at least 44 people at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, according to multiple news sources.

The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the bombings that took place during Palm Sunday.

The terror group's Amaq media wing said "a security detachment" of the Islamic State carried out the attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. The bombings also left many injured.

The first attack took place in Tanta at a Palm Sunday service at St. George's Church, killing 25 people and wounding 60 others, state TV reported.

At least 11 people were killed, and 35 others were injured in a suicide bomb attack outside Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to two state news outlets.

Coptic Christians have faced increased attacks in recent years. Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 91 million. The religion is based on the teachings of the Apostle Mark, who introduced Christianity to Egypt.

Pope Francis made a statement on the bombings. "To my dear brother his Holiness Pope Tawadros II, to the Coptic church and to all of the dear country Egypt, I express my deep condolences, I prayed for the dead and the wounded, I am close to the families and to the entire community. God convert the hearts of the people who spread terror, violence and dead, and also the heart of who produces and traffic weapons," the Pope said.

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