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e bombings hit two Coptic churches in Egypt on an important Christian holiday. One blast inside a church in the city of Tanta, killing at least 25 people according to Egypt's state-run news service. The second, a suicide bombing outside a church in Alexandria, killing at least 11 more.
Over 100 were wounded in the attacks. Islamic State claiming responsibility. It's the biggest attack on the country's Christian minority in years. They struck as Christians worldwide gathered for Palm Sunday, a week before Easter. It also comes just weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt. Coptic Christians face regular violence there, frequent targets of arsons or assaults.
And in February, Christians fled the North Sinai region in droves after a wave of targeted killings by Islamic State. That after a December suicide bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least two dozen people. The aftermath seen here, many women and children died on that day.