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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Egypt Blast: 22 dead and dozens injured in Egypt terror attack

Egypt Blast

A bomb has exploded inside St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, killing at least 22 people believed to be Christians gathered for mass.
A bomb blast has killed at least 22 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.

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