The Egyptian government has declared three days of mourning after the bomb blast at a Cairo cathedral chapel which killed 25 people and left another 49 seriously wounded yesterday (Sunday, December 11).
Egypt’s state-run news agency Mena reported that 12 kilograms of TNT explosives were used in the attack on St Peter’s Church, beside St Mark’s Cathedral. The majority of those killed were women and children.
In a statement, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi encouraged Muslims and Coptic Christians to band together “to emerge victorious in the war against terrorism, which is the battle of all Egyptians”.
Our friends at Middle East Concern are reporting that Islamic extremists are suspected to be behind the bombing, although no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Christians in Egypt are asking us to pray for:
- God’s comfort for those who lost loved ones and for full recovery of the injured
- comfort and encouragement for the wider Christian community and God’s protection over his church in Egypt and other targets of these attacks
- the perpetrators of these violent attacks to be found and brought to justice.
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