Likely Islamic Terrorist Responsible For Bombing Church, Killing 35, Injuring 22

A bomb exploded during Sunday mass at a Cairo church Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding many more, including many women and children. The blast struck a chapel next to St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral.

Named for St. Peter and St. Paul, the church is commonly known as El-Botroseya.

It’s the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years, as NPR’s Jane Arraf reports for our Newscast unit:

“No one has claimed responsibility yet for the attack. A bombing at a church in Alexandria, Egypt, on New Year’s Day five years ago killed 21 people. Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Christians make up the biggest Christian community in the Middle East.”

Egypt’s president has declared three days of national mourning, and the country’s prime minister canceled a celebration that had been planned to honor the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, reports Sala El-Balad. Source.