Two blasts targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt on Palm Sunday have killed at least 40 people, officials say.
According to state-run al-Ahram newpaper, at least 42 others were wounded in the explosion at Mar Grigis Coptic church in Tanta roughly 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Cairo.
So-called Islamic State (IS) says it is behind the explosions. The group has recently targeted Copts in Egypt.
The first blast ripped through St.George’s Church in northern Egypt in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo, during a Mass about 9:30 a.m., according to an official from the Health Ministry. The deputy minister of health put the death toll at 27.
Later, an explosion hit Saint Mark’s Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt, killing at least 16 and wounding 31 just after Pope Tawadros II finished services.
Four police officers, including one policewoman, were among those killed in Alexandria, the interior ministry said. The suicide bomber blew himself up after they stopped him from entering the church.