Images of destruction and despair from St. Peter and St. Paul Church
Photograph: Roger Anis

At least 25 people were killed and dozens of others injured when an improvised explosive device detonated in St. Peter and St. Paul Church near Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral in Abbasseya on Sunday.

Those gathered outside church expressed their anger by chanting against the interior minister and expelling well know state media figures, who were attempting to report on the incident, from their midst. Others rushed to Demerdash Hospital to donate blood that will be used to treat victims.

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack, nor is the extent of the repercussions fully known. However, in the immediate aftermath, many are distraught and expressing anger.

A security source has indicated that the improvised explosive device contained 12 kilograms of TNT, the force of which shattered the church’s windows upon detonation. - Photograph: Roger Anis

According to initial findings, the explosive was placed under a church bench. - Photograph: Roger Anis

Current casualty count: 25 people were killed in the blast, while 49 others were injured. - Photograph: Roger Anis

Cairo governor announces most of those killed were women and children. - Photograph: Roger Anis

Pope Tawadros II cancels his planned visit to Greece to return to Egypt. - Photograph: Roger Anis

Photograph: Roger Anis

Damage at the site of the explosion. - Photograph: Roger Anis

Photograph: Roger Anis

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced there would be three days of national mourning. - Photograph: Roger Anis


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