Bomb Explosion Kills 25 People at a Catholic Church (Photos+Video)

Bomb Explosion Kills 25 People at a Catholic Church (Photos+Video)

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Twenty five people were killed after an explosion took place during Sunday mass inside a Cairo church near the main Coptic Christian cathedral.


A bomb blast has killed at least 25 people during Sunday mass inside a Cairo church near the main Coptic Christian cathedral, according to Egyptian state TV .

The explosion ripped through St Peter’s Church at around 10:00am local time, wounding at least another 49 people, according to Egyptian health ministry cited on state TV. St Peter’s Church is beside St Mark’s Cathedral, which is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church and is home to the office of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.

Services were being held in St Peter’s on Sunday morning, while St Mark’s Cathedral was being renovated.

A state-run news agency reported that a bomb was lobbed inside the church, though the AP news agency cited witnesses saying the bomb was planted inside the building itself.

“I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene,”cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous, who rushed to the chapel after he heard the blast, told AP. His clothes and hands were stained with blood and his hair matted with dust.

The presidency declared national mourning after the attack.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi described the bombing as a “terrorist act” that has no place in Egypt. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. About 10 percent of Egypt’s 82-million population are Christians.

According to Mohamad Elmasry, an associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, the “barbaric attack against Coptic Christians is not an aberration”.

“[The attack] represents the continuation of a cycle of violence that has continued unabated since Egypt’s July 2013 military coup,” Elmasry told Al Jazeera.

Source:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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