Sunday, December 11

BREAKING NEWS: 25 Killed in Blast in Coptic Church Atttached to Cairo Orthodox Cathedral; 31 injured

St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Cairo

St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral

RT has posted a short video from Rudaw English of the church interior after the blast. 

Question for CNN:  If you knew that the bombing was inside a church next to the cathedral, why does your headline only indicate there was a blast near the cathedral? Never mind, because I know I wouldn't get a straight answer. Update 7:40am EST: I note that RT, quoting Associated Press, has a similar headline that also doesn't mention the actual blast inside a church. ]
Breaking News: Local media: Blast near Cairo cathedral kills at least 25
By Basma Atassi and Sarah Sirgany CNN
Updated 5:42 AM ET, Sun December 11, 2016


 An explosion near a Coptic cathedral in the Egyptian capital has left at least 25 people dead and 31 others injured, local media reported.

The blast occurred in Cairo's Abbassyia district early Sunday morning, according to the government-sponsored Al-Ahram daily, citing the health ministry.

"Security forces are searching and screening the area," the Al-Ahram's website reported.

Al-Ahram reports the Coptic Church's official spokesperson Rev. Paul Halim says the explosion took place in the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul attached to the cathedral.
It is called St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

The explosion comes just two days after two bombs killed six police officers and a civilian in Giza's Haram district on the street leading to the pyramids.

Copts face persecution in Egypt

Copts have faced persecution and discrimination that spiked after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011. Dozens have been killed in sectarian clashes. There is also little Christian representation in government.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million residents, according to the CIA's World Factbook They base their theology on the teachings of the Apostle Mark, who introduced Christianity to Egypt, according to St. Takla Church in Alexandria, the capital of Coptic Christianity.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.


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