BREAKING: Terror Attack Kills 25, Injures 49… Here’s What We Know

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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. This is one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.

The explosion ripped through St Peter’s Church at around 10:00 am 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.


A state-run news agency reported that a bomb was lobbed inside the church, though the Associated Press cited witnesses saying the bomb was planted inside the building itself. Conflicting accounts are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks.

The blast took place as a Sunday mass being held in the chapel was about to end and coincided with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Most of the victims are thought to be women and children.

An AP reporter who arrived at the scene shortly after the blast saw blood-stained pews and shards of glass scattered across the chapel’s floor. Men and women wailed and cried outside.

“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.

“I saw a headless woman being carried away,” Mariam Shenouda said as she pounded her chest in grief. “Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor,” she said.

“There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes,” she added.

About 10 percent of Egypt’s 82-million population are Christians, according to ALJAZEERA.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

We send our prayers to our fellow Christians.

God Bless.



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