- Title: Crowds gather outside Coptic church attack scene
- Date: 9th April 2017
- Summary: TANTA, EGYPT (APRIL 9, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EGYPTIANS GATHERED IN FRONT OF CHURCH PEOPLE IN SHOCK VARIOUS OF PEOPLE STANDING IN BALCONY INSIDE CHURCH VARIOUS OF CHURCH CROSS ON TOP OF CHURCH VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE CHURCH VARIOUS OF GATE OF CHURCH OPENING AMBULANCE NEAR CHURCH GATE OF CHURCH CLOSING PEOPLE STANDING INSIDE CHURCH
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2017 13:06
- Keywords: bombing church Egypt Tanta Christians Islamic State
- Location: TANTA, EGYPT
- City: TANTA, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BOEZPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: At least 25 people were killed and 60 injured on Sunday (April 9) when an explosion rocked a Coptic church in Egypt's Nile Delta, state television reported, the latest assault on a religious minority that has increasingly been targeted by Islamist militants.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The cause of the blast, just one week before Coptic Easter and the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt, was not known.
The bombing in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometres outside Cairo, comes as Islamic State's branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.
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