20 dead in Cairo blast near Coptic cathedrals

Published December 11th, 2016 - 09:46 GMT
Dozens of people have been killed in recent years in sectarian attacks and clashes throughout Egypt. (AFP/File)
Dozens of people have been killed in recent years in sectarian attacks and clashes throughout Egypt. (AFP/File)

A blast in the Egyptian capital has killed 20 people and injured 35 others, Egyptian security sources say.

According to the sources, the explosion occurred near Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral on Sunday.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly incident.

Just two days earlier, a bombing attack in the west of the Egyptian capital had left six policemen dead and seven people wounded.

The Friday bombing targeted a security post in the Talibiya district of Cairo.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM), formerly known as “The Sinai Province,” is currently the most active group staging terrorist operations in Egypt. It is affiliated to the Daesh group.

Militants from the group have carried out numerous attacks on security forces and judiciary officials since the ouster of the democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Most of the group’s attacks have been focused on targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula; however, deadly bombings have also been staged by the Sinai fighters in Cairo and some other Egyptian cities.


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