Earlier this past week, the International Christian Concern (ICC) and the Conservative Firing Line reported that on December 11, 2016, an explosion in the main hall of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the largest Coptic Church in Cairo, killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50.
And now, the Clarion Project has obtained a video that has emerged of the moment the device detonated in St. Mark’s Cathedral, the headquarters of the Coptic Christian Church.
The blast took place during Sunday morning mass in the chapel adjoining the main hall of the cathedral. Many among the injured and dead are Christian women and children.
“The church bombing was planned and carried out meticulously. The explosion took place in the pews of the women,” Mena Adel, a church member, told ICC. “I think that someone seized the opportunity of overcrowding Copts who were entering the church and was able to enter the church among them and put the bomb under the church pews and then went out.”
According to reports, the blast was caused by a device containing at least 12 kg (26 pounds) of TNT. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamic State militants celebrated the bombing on social media outlets after the fact.
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