Suicide Bombing at Egypt Church Kills 25 Sunday Morning
A Sunday morning explosion at a church in Cairo, Egypt that killed 25 and injured 50 was a suicide bombing according to the latest reports. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi (pictured) said he believes it was an act of terror by a suicide bomber in Cairo. The bombing took place during a Sunday service in Cairo during a Mass held in a chapel connected to St. Mark's Cathedral, "the seat of Egypt's ancient Coptic Orthodox Church," according to the AP.
According to tradition, the Coptic Church in Egypt was established by Saint Mark in approximately 42 A.D. Mark.
According to the Associated Press this attack is one of the deadliest attacks ever targeted at Egypt's Coptic population, a minority group of Christians who make up about 10% of the population in Egypt. The Coptic population in Egypt strongly supported the overturn of an elected Islamist president in 2013 and have since been the target for a number of attacks by Islamist extremists.
CBN News reports, President El-Sisi declared a three-day mourning period after the attacks. A prayer campaign has also been launched on PrayerCollective.com to ask Christians around the world to pray for God's grace and peace during this time in Egypt.
CBN also reports, "Eyewitnesses said a woman planted a bag filled with more than 15 pounds of explosives inside the church. The explosion ripped through St. Peter's, located next to Cairo's main Coptic Cathedral."
Most of the dead and injured are women and children. An Islamist terrorist group named Hasm took responsibility for the bombing.