BOMB SPREADS CARNAGE THROUGH MUCH-LOVED EGYPT CHURCH

Please follow and like us:

  • 0
  • Share
BOMB SPREADS CARNAGE THROUGH MUCH-LOVED EGYPT CHURCH.

Cairo (AFP) – Coptic Christians were in mid-prayer Sunday when the ear-splitting blast tore through their church in Egypt’s capital, spraying shrapnel into icon-covered walls and blowing out the tiled roof.

Witnesses said the smoke then cleared to reveal a tangle of splintered pews and body parts.

“It was terrifying. Things were falling down on us. I couldn’t get down from behind the altar because of the smoke,” said church volunteer Tadros Zaki, 63.


Damage following a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016

“There were too many people. Destroyed, in pieces… people on top of people,” said Romany, who rushed to the church to help after the bombing.

The health ministry said at least 25 people were killed.

The focal point of the explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church appeared to have been just inside the entrance, on the side where the women sat.

A woman’s scarf, drenched in congealing blood, lay in the wreckage.


Egyptian security forces inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016

The stone recess above the door was peppered with shrapnel which also left holes in the marble floor. A pew that remained upright was soaked in blood.

Two nearby boxes, one that had been filled with written prayers left by worshippers and another that held a saint’s relics, were destroyed.

Dazed priests paced the arcaded courtyard, pieces of stained glass from the church’s windows crunching underfoot, as guards at the doors blocked a crush of journalists and concerned faithful.

One nun in a grey habit stared pensively at the wreckage.

“God will have a say in this,” she decided.

Bishop Angaelos, the General Bishop for the Coptic Orthodox Church in Britain, told AFP by telephone that Saint Peter’s church was especially popular with parishioners.

‘Beyond comprehension’


Damage following a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016

It is “is deeply loved by many Coptic faithful in Cairo and it has a regular parish presence,” he said.

“The fact that they were targeted this way when they were going to pray is beyond comprehension.”

Copts have been attacked before in Egypt, most notably in a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 congregants at an Alexandria church in 2011.


Egyptian security forces inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016

But Saturday’s attack hit close to the heart of the beleaguered minority’s faith.

The church is adjacent to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Christian papacy.

“What are we to do? God will dispense our affairs,” said Magdy, a church administrator whose office is at the other end of the courtyard from the blast site.

The explosion shattered his office windows, leaving his desk strewn with shards of glass.

Outside, a growing crowd of Copts began chanting against the government, and there were brief scuffles with riot police who cordoned off the scene.

“The people want the downfall of the regime!” they chanted. “Hey, interior ministry! Where were you when they bombed the cathedral?”

Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people, have suffered repeated attacks for decades.

They also attracted the wrath of Islamist extremists after the church, along with Muslim religious leaders, supported the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Mobs attacked scores of churches and Christian properties in August 2013 after police in Cairo killed hundreds of Islamists protesting against Morsi’s overthrow.

By SAMER AL-ATRUSH.

HAVE A SAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK? DROP COMMENTS!

SOURCE:  WWW.GHANAMEDIAWORLD.COM

@ghanamediaworld on Twitter / lnstagram  ghanamediaworld

THE NEWS ITEMS ARE REAL  AND WE ARE NOT FAKE MEDIA,WE ARE HERE  FOR YOU  BECAUSE OF  TRUELY MEDIA. IF NOT BECAUSE OF YOU, WE CANNOT BE GHANA MEDIA WORLD. OR WHAT WE HAVE REACH TO BE NOW.WE PUBLISH WHAT IS TRUELY INSIDE THE MEDIA OF THE WORLD FOR PEOPLE TO GET THE REAL NEWS OF GHANA MEDIA WORLD, WITHOUT HIDDEN THINGS FROM YOU AND FROM THE TRUTH THAT WE GET FROM MEDIA AND JOURNALIST.AND ALSO SOMEWHERE WE GET TO KNOWN.OUR MEDIA PAGE IS STILL NOT COMPLETED,THERE IS A LOTS TO BE DONE IN GHANA MEDIA WORLD PAGE.FOR THE MEAN TIME WE PUBLISHED NEWS,WE ADVERTISE FOR PEOPLE,ETC.LISTEN TO MANY RADIO STATIONS IN OUR PAGE BY CLICK.

READ MORE @ WWW.GHANAMEDIAWORLD.COM

CONTACT OF MEDIA AND ADVITISED IN OUR WEBPAGE ,IF YOU NEED PROFECTIONALS RADIO STATION LIVE STREAMING FOR BROADCASTING TOOLS PLUS WEBPAGE,DOMAIN,WE ARE NUMBER ONE PROFECTIONALS TO HELP YOU,FOR QUETIONS,DONATIONS,CONTACT OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS  ghanamediaworld@gmail.com

SHARE OUR PAGE AND LIKE US IN FACEBOOK,INSTAGRAM,WHATSAPP,PINTEREST,YOUTUBE,LINKEDIN.

WE ARE NUMBER ONE TRUELY MEDIA.

Facebook Comments

Please follow and like us:

  • 0
  • Share

SHARE THIS:

Comment Below

comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.