Palm Sunday: Dozens killed after two bombings at Coptic churches in Egypt

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Egyptians gather around a body in a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. (AFP)

Egyptians gather around a body in a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. (AFP)

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Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches in different cities as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)

Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches in different cities as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)

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Egyptians try to help ambulance to carry body of victims after a suicide bombing in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

Egyptians try to help ambulance to carry body of victims after a suicide bombing in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

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People react at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP)

People react at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP)

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A general view shows forensics collecting evidence at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday. (AFP)

A general view shows forensics collecting evidence at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday. (AFP)

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In the first, attack, a bomb exploded at Saint George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

In the first, attack, a bomb exploded at Saint George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

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The blasts came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit the Arab world’s most populous country. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

The blasts came at the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter, and just weeks before Pope Francis is due to visit the Arab world’s most populous country. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

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Y Egyptians look at victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

Y Egyptians look at victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

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A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday. (KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)

A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday. (KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)

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Emil Edward Salib, an injured Christian is seen at hospital after a Coptic church was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt. (Amina Ismail / REUTERS)

Emil Edward Salib, an injured Christian is seen at hospital after a Coptic church was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt. (Amina Ismail / REUTERS)

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Egypt has struggled to combat a wave of Islamic militancy since the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

Egypt has struggled to combat a wave of Islamic militancy since the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

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Egyptians try to help ambulance to carry body of victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

Egyptians try to help ambulance to carry body of victims after suicide bomber in front of a church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (Fawzy Abdel Hamied / REUTERS)

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