CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — At least 25 people were killed and 49others injured on Sunday in an explosion at the Coptic Cathedral inAbbasiya’s neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt’s Ministry of Health said in a
The security forces rushed to the scene and launched operationsto search the assailants and other possible explosive devices, theMinistry of Interior said in a press releaseNo one has claimed yet responsibility for the attack.Security forces, medical teams and firefighters beefed uppresence near the Cathedral Complex that contains a number of Churchesas well as the residence place of the Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head ofEgypt’s Orthodox Church.
Sources at the Cathedral Church told state-run MENA news agencythat an unknown person threw a bomb inside the al-Botrossiya CopticChurch where was full of believers attending Sunday mass.There are no accurate statistics, but some reports said thatCopts constitute over 10 percent of the 92 million population of thecountry.
In Egypt, bomb attacks are endemic in North Sinai Province, whereIslamic State-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group has carried outhundreds of anti-security attacks following the ouster of the IslamistPresident Mohamed Morsi by the army in response to mass protestagainst his rule in 2013. However, some attacks crept to Cairo and other major citiesacross the most populous Arab country.
On Friday, six policemen were killed when explosive devicesexploded at a security checkpoint stationed on the road leading to thPyramids near Cairo.A minor Islamist military faction claimed responsibility for the attack.The terrorist attacks have claimed lives of hundreds of policeand army personnel as well as a number of civilians.