When St. Mark’s Cathedral was attacked, 25 people – primarily women and children – were killed.
At least 25 people were killed and another 49 were injured in the explosion.
The investigation continues but many witnesses reported a bomb was placed in the women’s seating section of the cathedral by a woman who then left the building while others claim a person on a motorcycle threw a bomb into the church.
Either way, terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Tuesday.
A statement from the Islamic State began to circulate the online claiming the bomber killed and injured 80 people and vowed “to continue war against apostates.”
The Egyptian government released footage earlier depicting images believed to be of the alleged bomber.
On Monday, president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi identified the 22-year-old bomber as Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mustafa but ISIS named the bomber by what officials believe is a pseudonym, “Abu Abdullah al-Masri.”
Video footage from outside a chapel adjacent to St. Mark’s revealed a dark figure crossing the street and walking through the gates of the church, which one parishioner claims was void of its regular security as the officers were in their van eating lunch.
Moments after the figure stepped through the gates, the bomb was detonated.
A small protest was held at St. Mark’s Cathedral hours after the attack, with people demanding protection for Christians.
Nothing has come of the protest and the Coptic Christians continue to hold faith in the Lord.
By Kenya Sinclair