Egypt: church blast kills 22 in Cairo

According to a Coptic church spokesman, the explosion ripped through the 100-year-old Botrosiya church, during the Sunday mass at 10 am near the St. Mark�s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo�s Abbasia enclave.

Egypt: church blast kills 22 in Cairo

A massive explosion in Cairo’s Coptic Christian cathedral complex devastated the church and killed at least 22 people and injured 35, said officials in Egypt.

Most of the victims are women, reported media. But no terror outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast, nor it is not clear if it was caused by a bomb blast, added officials.

According to a Coptic church spokesman, the explosion ripped through the 100-year-old Botrosiya church, during the Sunday at 10 am

near the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasia enclave.

Eyewitness accounts say, a bomb was kept in a handbag in the church meant for female worshipers. State media

quoting security agencies reported that the explosion was caused by a bomb made of TNT. The explosion happened within just 48 hours after a bomb explosion killed six police personnel
and injured several others on Friday on the way to Great Pyramids complex.

The church "is deeply loved by many Coptic faithful in Cairo and it has a regular parish presence,"  Bishop Angaelos, the General Bishop for the Coptic Church in Britain told media.

The church's prayer room has turned into a site of blood soon after the blast, said media reports from Cairo. Ambulances carried the injured to hospitals as people surrounded the area to watch the mayhem, said media. The crowd chanted slogans, added media reports.

Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Christian community were on the receiving side of most of the attacks after the toppling of the Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011. More than 40 churches were attacked in recent times by Islamists after the fall of the Mubarak government in Egypt. 

Christians make up 10 % of the country’s population and they became increasingly victims of mistreatment during previous dictatorship under Mubarak.

Militants have targeted the community on several occasions accusing them of supporting the government, said commentators.