The explosion Sunday morning in Cairo’s Abbassiya district hit the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul attached to the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. At least 25 people are dead and dozens injured. A 12-kilogram TNT bomb caused the blast.
The attack targeted one of the most symbolic religious sites for Copts, an ethno-religious group centered in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church released a statement on its Facebook page.
“As we are bereaved by this violence and terrorism that attacks worshipers, we pray for these martyrs and for the wounded. The Egyptian church stresses on persevering national unity that keeps all Egyptians on Egypt’s blessed land.”