At least 25 people have been killed, and a further 49 wounded, following a bombing at a major church in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years.
The attack comes as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi battles against an Islamist insurgency in Northern Sinai, led by the Egyptian branch of Islamic State.
The militant group has also carried out deadly attacks in Cairo and has urged its supporters to launch attacks around the world in recent weeks as it goes on the defensive in its Iraqi and Syrian strongholds.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State supporters celebrated the attack on social media.
The explosion took place in a chapel adjoining the main hall of St Mark’s Cathedral, the largest in the metropolis of 20 million, where security is normally tight.