One of Cairo’s most prominent Orthodox churches St. Mark’s was bombed during Sunday service. There were several children at the church service.
People broke through the police barricades to get to the victims inside the building.
The Church serves as the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Azbaijani News reported:
“At least 24 people died and 35 more were injured in an explosion outside St. Mark`s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo,” Ministry of Health spokesman told the Egyptian state TV.
The news website Sada El-Balad cited a source in the investigation team as saying an unknown attacker threw a bomb inside the cathedral during a prayer service.
A dozen of ambulances have arrived at the scene of the explosion, the local news website Youm7 said. No armed group has reportedly claimed responsibility for it.
Earlier reports cited Egypt`s Ministry of Health saying that five people died in the explosion and ten more were injured.
The cathedral in the Egyptian capital`s Abbassia district serves as the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Copts are a large ethnic and religious minority in Egypt.