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21 killed, dozens injured explosion inside church in Egypt

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Cairo: At least 21 people were killed and injured dozens who had gathered for Palm Sunday mass in the latest apparent attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians on Sunday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the cause of the blast, just one week before Coptic Easter and the same month as Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt, was not known.

Islamic State’s branch in Egypt, which has waged a low-level conflict for years in the Sinai peninsula, has stepped up attacks on Christians in Egypt in recent months.

A suicide bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 on December.

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