Hours after Sunday’s church bombing in Egypt’s northern city of Tanta, came another blast in front of a Christian church in Alexandria.
Reports quoting the interior ministry on Sunday afternoon said 18 people had died and some 40 injured in a suicide bombing outside St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.
The dead are said to include three policemen who lost their lives when the suicide bomber they prevented from entering the church blew himself up.
The Coptic Pope is said to have been in the building at the time but was not harmed.
The news agency Amaq, close to the so-called Islamic State, has said that ISIL has claimed responsiblity for both Sunday’s attacks.
The earlier explosion in Tanta left at least 25 dead and dozens more injured.
Christians are marking Palm Sunday ahead of Easter.
They have suffered many attacks in Egypt since 2013 when the army deposed the former Islamist president Mohammad Mursi.
Three #Egyptian police died preventing suicide bomber from entering #Alexandria cathedral https://t.co/VrqUda6zFx pic.twitter.com/ic8r3cdyFQ— Ahram Online (@ahramonline) April 9, 2017