Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bombing

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bombing

The IS group has claimed responsibilty for the bombing at the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, last Sunday.

IS identified the suicide bomber who carried out Sunday's attack by the pseudonym Abu Abdallah al-Masri in a statement circulated on social media on Tuesday.

The Interior Ministry said late Monday that the attacker belonged to a terror cell founded by an Egyptian doctor and funded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders living in exile in Qatar.

At least 25 people were killed and 49 wounded in the bombing of the chapel, Cairo's largest church and seat of the Coptic Christian papacy.

It was the deadliest attack in recent memory on the Christian minority, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population. The president said four people - three men and a woman - had been detained in connection with the attack, while police were searching for two more suspects. Moments later, the blast sends clouds of dust and debris through the windows.

The Muslim Brotherhood won Egypt's first free elections after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

In June, the group claimed responsibility for the murder of priest in Sinai.

His mother, Umm Bilal, said Mahmoud had fled to Sudan shortly after being released.

He called his mother regularly from overseas. The Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi became president but was toppled two years later after mass protests.

Since 2013, the group has killed hundreds of soldiers and police in the Sinai Peninsula, and it has started to attack Western targets within Egypt.

DNA testing of body parts found at the scene matched with his family, it said.

Since then, Islamic militants have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting the security forces, while the government has waged a wide-scale crackdown on dissent.

The bomber "got in between the crowd" and detonated his explosive belt, the jihadist group said in the statement.

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