In pictures: Bloody Palm Sunday for Egypt's Coptic Christians

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image captionThe first blast hit St George's Coptic church in the northern city of Tanta. Witnesses said the explosion was next to the church's altar.
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image captionRelatives of the victims gathered in front of the church after the explosion.
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image captionCopts, who make up about 10% of Egypt's population, have been frequently targeted in recent years.
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image captionThey are one of the most ancient Christian communities, and have long felt vulnerable and marginalised.
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image captionHours later, a suicide bomber detonated his device outside Saint Mark's Coptic church in Alexandria, also in northern Egypt.
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image captionThe bomber was prevented from entering the church by police officers, authorities said.
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image captionSo-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attacks, which happened just weeks before a planned visit to Egypt by Pope Francis.

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