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Egypt’s Coptic Church buries seven victims of Alexandria bombing

Three policewomen from the victims of the attack were also buried in Alexandria and Beheira governorate

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Apr 2017
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Relatives mourn the victims of the Palm Sunday bombings during the funeral at the Monastery of Mar Mina in Alexandria, Egypt April 10, 2017. (Photo:Reuters)
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Egypt’s Coptic Church buried on Monday seven victims of a suicide attack on St. Marks Cathedral in Alexandria that killed 17 people and injured dozens, Ahram Arabic website reported.

Hundreds attended the funerals and the burial of the victims at Mar Mina Monastery in King Mariut on the outskirts of Alexandria. 

The Mar Mina Monastery cemetery is also the burial site of the victims of the Two Saints Church bombing in Alexandria in 2011.

The Coptic Orthodox Church does not hold public funeral masses during Holy Week in the run-up to Easter, but funerals and burials are allowed without a mass.

Funerals were also held Monday afternoon in Alexandria for two policewomen killed in the suicide attack. Hundreds of Egyptians attended the funerals to pay respect for the women’s sacrifices, according to Ahram Arabic website.

A funeral was held in Beheira for the third policewoman killed in the attack. The three policewomen were stationed at the gates of the cathedral and were among the first hit by the bombing.

On Sunday morning, a suicide bomber attacked Alexandria’s St Marks Cathedral during Palm Sunday services, killing 17 people including 11 Christians and six Muslims and injuring dozens.

A couple of hours prior, a suspected suicide bomber attacked Tanta’s Mar Girgis Cathedral, killing not less than 28 people and injuring over 70 others. 

According to Egypt's interior ministry, four police personnel were killed and 14 others were injured in the attack. 

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