“I saw a headless woman being carried away. Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor,” Mariam Shenouda.
A bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority recently.
As I said yesterday, Christmas is a dangerous time for Christians around the world but for those living in Muslim countries. It is deadly.
There were Coptic Christians, and what we would recognize as Classical culture, in Egypt in the 1st Century AD.
Defeated by armed conquest and Al-Hijrah, both being forms of Jihad, the Copts were forced into dhimmitude.
Now, thanks to the ignorance of the West and the constant appeasement towards Islam, their very existence is in peril. They need more than our prayers if they are to survive.
— Egyptian Streets (@EgyptianStreets) December 11, 2016
— Nermien Riad (@NermienRiad) December 11, 2016
It is the devil, it it not?
Bomb explodes in Egypt by Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral, at least 25 dead
A BOMB has exploded in Egypt near Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral killing at least 25 people.
By Helen Barnett and Katie Mansfield, The Express, Dec 11, 2016:
At least 25 people have died and 49 more are injured in the blast, with the number expected to rise, according to Egyptian state television.
Many of the victims are women and children who were worshipping in the smaller St Peter and St Paul Coptic Orthodox Church attached to the cathedral.
Security sources said at least six children are among the dead as a protest broke out in front of the cathedral.
The blast at St Mark’s Orthodox Cathedral in the Abbassiya area of Cairo took place during Sunday morning prayers near the section designed for female churchgoers.
A device containing about 20kg (44 pounds) of the explosive TNT had denoted on the women’s side of the cathedral, security sources said.Video footage from the scene shows parts of the cathedral reduced to rubble, with shattered windows and a broken roof.
Security sources suggest an unidentified woman planted an IED inside a handbag in the cathedral before detonating the bomb remotely, despite heavy security around the building.
Egypt’s official MENA news agency said a suspect threw a bomb into a chapel close to the outer wall of St Mark’s Cathedral.
Security officials inspect the damage
Bomb explosion at Cairo coptic cathedral
Blood stains and belongings of victims seen inside the St Peter and St Paul Coptic Orthodox Church
Huge plumes of smoke are seen coming out of St Mark’s after the explosion
I saw a headless woman being carried away. Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor
Cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous said: “I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene.”Mariam Shenouda said: “I saw a headless woman being carried away.”Everyone was in a state of shock. We were scooping up people’s flesh off the floor.”There were children. What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing these scenes.”
A nun visits the scene as Egyptian security forces inspect the church
A relative of one of the blast victims screams at a police officer in front of the cathedral
Members of the special police forces stand guard to secure the area around St Mark’s
Emad Shoukry, who was inside the cathedral when the blast took place, said: “As soon as the priest called us to prepare for prayer, the explosion happened.”The explosion shook the place… The dust covered the hall and I was looking for the door, although I couldn’t see anything… I managed to leave in the middle of screams and there were a lot of people thrown on the ground.”The explosion rocked St Peter and St Paul Coptic Orthodox Church within the cathedral grounds as a Sunday mass was held coinciding with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Tensions escalated when Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail visited the scene as hundreds of protestors chanted in front of the cathedral, with crowds shouting “The people demand the fall of the regime”.President Sisi’s office condemned the attack as an act of terrorism and declared three days of national mourning.Al Azhar, Egypt’s main Islamic centre of learning, also denounced the attacks.The cathedral is the home of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and home to its leader, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East’s biggest Christian community.Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt’s 90million people, have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders.The Foreign Office has warned British tourists in the areas to “remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials.”