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Reports: Bomb kills 7 at Egyptian church

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • At least 24 more are injured, state-run media report
  • Bomb hits a church where worshippers are attending services, according to reports
  • A nearby mosque is also damaged, state media report

(CNN) -- A car bomb outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt killed at least seven people and wounded at least 24 others early Saturday, Egyptian state media reported, citing unnamed security officials.

The car bomb exploded at 12:20 a.m. local time (5:20 p.m. ET Friday) in front of the Church of Two Saints, where Coptic Christians were attending services, Egypt's Nile TV reported.

A nearby mosque was damaged and eight Muslims were among the injured, according to Egypt's MENA news service.

Egyptian officials are blaming foreign elements for the attack, MENA reported.