Explosion near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral kills 25, wounds dozens


December 11, 2016

A bomb explosion near the Coptic Christian cathedral in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, has killed 25 people and wounded dozens.

The bomb tore through the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, which is adjacent to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic pope Tawadros II.

Some reports say a bomb was lobbed into a chapel adjacent to one of the cathedral’s walls but others said it was planted inside.

State television reported that a security official said a bomb made of TNT appeared to have been the cause of the explosion.

 

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