Terrifying footage shows man blow himself up, moments after child is seen playing close by

A calm street scene, with a child playing, before a suicide bomb blast exploded killing dozens, has been captured in dramatic footage.

At least 44 people were killed in suicide bombings in Egypt as they gathered to mark the start of the holiest week on the Christian calendar.

The attacks targeted two Coptic Christian churches with Islamic State claiming responsibility and warning of more attacks to come.

A packed Palm Sunday congregation at St Georges Church in Tanta was hit by a suicide bomber, who'd planted a bomb under a pew.

Worshiper Nabil Nadir said "there was blood everywhere".

"All the glass on the windows were shattered. The security was right at the door, but the attacker managed to get in anyway."

A few hours later a security guard stopped a man at the entrance of St Marks Church in Alexandria, before he blew himself up.

Footage shot just before the blast shows people going about their business and a young child playing near the scene.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi was quick to respond to the attacks.

"We are declaring a state of emergency only to protect our country," he said.

In December 29 people were killed in a similar attack at the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo.

Funerals are now taking place for victims in the same churches where they were killed.