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25 dead as a bomb blasts inside an Egyptian church

09 Apr 2017 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by Mansi Motwani

A deadly blast took place killing atleast 25 people inside a church in Egypt's Tanta, north of Cairo.

The blast hit the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta as the Coptic Christian community observed Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is one of the most sacred days of the Christian calendar marking the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem.

In context: Egyptian bomb blast: Terror strikes again

09 Apr 201725 dead as a bomb blasts inside an Egyptian church

Previous violenceViolence against Egypt's Coptic minority

In December 2016, 25 people died and 49 wounded in a blast that aimed at the Cathedral of Saint Mark in the Abbasia district in Cairo.

Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula has been marked with violence against the Coptic population.

Approximately 250 Christians took shelter in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after ISIS issued a video calling for assaults on the religious minority.

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