Egyptian security officials and investigators inspect the scene following a bombing inside Cairo's Coptic cathedral in Egypt on Dec. 11, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

At least 25 killed by blast near Cairo cathedral

December 11, 2016

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(USA Today) At least 25 people were killed and 35 were injured after a blast near Cairo's main Coptic Christian Cathedral, according to reports from the Egyptian state-sponsored Middle East News Agency.

MENA reported that around 10 a.m. local time someone threw a bomb into a small chapel attached to the St. Mark's Cathedral in the Abbassia district, Egypt's main Coptic church. The attack occurred just days after another bombing in Cairo that killed six policemen.

Photos and video showed shattered windows and deteriorated roofing in the aftermath.

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, according to reports.

St. Mark’s Cathedral is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church. It's spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II, is based there, the Associated Press reported.

The last bomb attack, which occurred on a main road leading to the pyramids at Giza, was claimed by a militant group believed to be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the country's population, have complained about discrimination, the BBC reported.

In 2013, four Coptic Christians were killed in religious violence. Mourners went to St. Mark's cathedral, where many chanted  slogans against Egypt's Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi. Violence erupted after the service between mourners and local residents, resulting in two deaths.

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  1. Such acts, by whomever committed and for whatever reason, can only be classified as those of a moral coward and thug.

  2. Those 25 dead Coptic Christians sit in silent judgment on cowardly Muslim gihadists who perpetrate such death and destruction because they’re doing their made-up god a big favor, or else seeking a reward in the afterlife.

    Everyone continues to tolerate this in the name of political correctness and not offending the Muslim world due to their large numbers. We’re afraid we’ll hurt their feelings. Since Muslims in the US are crying out for acceptance and respectability, why don’t they prove their loyalty to the US by finally finding their voices and condemning such atrocities like this one in Cairo?

  3. They do Sable. Every single time there is a terrorist attack in the name of Islam, lots of Muslim leaders and ordinary people speak against terrorism. Listen.

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