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LOOK: Aftermath of Islamist bombing of Egyptian churches

/ 08:16 AM April 10, 2017
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / An Egyptian uses his cell phone to take pictures of the destruction, debris, and bloodstains on the walls and icon murals inside the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, at which a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to attend the Palm Sunday mass, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

An Egyptian uses his cell phone to take pictures of the destruction, debris, and bloodstains on the walls and icon murals inside the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometers north of Cairo, at which a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to attend the Palm Sunday mass, on April 9, 2017. AFP

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some graphic images below

TANTA, Egypt — Coptic Christian worshippers in Egypt spoke of horrific scenes on Sunday after a bomb ripped through their church during a service, mangling bodies and destroying pews.

“There was a violent explosion near the altar,” Edmon Edward told AFP.

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“Suddenly everything became black, people flew over each other,” he said. CBB

READ: Egyptian Christians recall horror of Islamist bombing of church | Church bombings in Egypt kill 37, wound dozens

Egyptians raise wooden crosses and palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, as they gather outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside as worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Egyptians raise wooden crosses and palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, as they gather outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside as worshipers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. AFP

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A general view shows people looking at the aftermath following a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

A general view shows people looking at the aftermath following a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometers north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. AFP

An Egyptian woman raises braided palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, during a gathering outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside while worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

An Egyptian woman raises braided palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, during a gathering outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside while worshipers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. AFP

Egyptians raise wooden crosses and palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, as they gather outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside while worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Egyptians raise wooden crosses and palm leaves, originally intended for Palm Sunday celebrations, as they gather outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck outside while worshipers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017.  AFP

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A general view shows forensics collecting evidence at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

A general view shows forensics collecting evidence at the site of a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometers. AFP

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Egyptians gather around a body in a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Egyptians gather around a body in a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshipers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. AFP

Two men stand atop the fence of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria as other Egyptians gather outside, after a bomb blast struck outside as worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Two men stand atop the fence of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria as other Egyptians gather outside, after a bomb blast struck outside as worshipers attended Palm Sunday mass on April 9, 2017. AFP

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Blood and debris are seen on a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. The Interior ministry said Coptic Pope Tawadros II was inside the church leading a Palm Sunday service when the suicide bomber was stopped by police outside and blew himself up. A church official said Tawadros had already left the church when the bombing took place. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Blood and debris are seen on a street near a church in Alexandria after a bomb blast struck worshipers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. AFP

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