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Egypt court sentences 36 to death for role in church bombings

A military court in Egypt on Tuesday (April 10th) sentenced 36 people to death for their role in several deadly church bombings, AFP reported.

A string of bomb attacks on Coptic churches in Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta between 2016 and 2017 killed at least 80 people. The bombings were claimed by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).

According to defence lawyers, a total of 48 people appeared before the military court accused of playing a role in the attacks.

Egypt's Coptic minority makes up around 10% of the country’s population of 96 million, and they have been targeted on numerous occasions by ISIS.

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