The blast struck as Egypt's Coptic Christian community marked Palm Sunday, Al Arabiya reports.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the cause of the blast was not yet known.

Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s population of 85 million. They have largely coexisted peacefully with the majority-Muslim public for centuries.

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