Egyptian JIHAD: Devout Muslims BOMB Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral Killing At Least 25 [VIDEO]
A bomb explosion has ripped through the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in the Egyptian capital Cairo, killing with it at least 25 people, officials say.
Dozens of others were injured in the explosion in a chapel adjoining St. Mark’s cathedral during a Sunday service. It is still unconfirmed, though many of the victims are believed to be women and children.
Egypt’s Christian minority citizens have always been prey to Islamist militants. Christians gathered together in outrage over this most recent attack, which many are calling the worst in many years.
Egypt has seen a spike in attacks by militants since 2013 when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who was a supporting member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and launched a quelling against Islamists. Many of Mr. Morsi’s proponents have blamed Christians for supporting the overthrow.
The explosion was set off at about 10:00 am local time (08:00 GMT). Video footage carried by regional media revealed the interior of the church scattered with broken and shattered furniture, along with blood and clothing on the floor.
Cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous spoke of the scene:
“I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.”
Another witness to the horror said, “There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes.”
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has proclaimed a three-day period of national mourning out of respect. In a statement, he condemned the murderous attack, calling for the culprits to be hunted down and punished.
“Vicious terrorism is being waged against the country’s Copts and Muslims. Egypt will emerge stronger and more united from this situation.”
Coptic Christians make up a small minority of about 10% of Egypt’s population and St. Mark’s Cathedral is the headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox church, and home of Pope Tawadros II.
Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority population has long complained of discrimination through violence in the mostly Muslim nation. This event, among countless others, happens to prove the complaints legitimate.