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Three days in mourning in Egypt

Terrorism has hit Christians in Egypt on the Palm Sunday with two brutal attacks in which more than forty people have died and more than a hundred have been injured.

At least 27 people have been killed in a first attack on St George’s Cathedral in the town of Tanta in the Nile Delta, inside of which been an explosion during Palm Sunday Mass.

Shortly after, another explosion took place in the cathedral of San Marcos, in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where at least 17 people passed away.

According to the Ministry of Interior, a terrorist attempted to penetrate the temple and detonate a belt of explosives in it, where the Coptic Pope, Theodore II, was unharmed.

Both attacks have been claimed by the jihadist Islamic State (EI) group that last December attacked on a Cairo church and killed about thirty people.

The Egyptian authorities have decreed three days of mourning and the state of emergency for a period of two months.

From Cairo, Francesca Cicardi reports to EFE


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