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Explosion near Cairo's Coptic Cathedral kills dozens

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By Euronews
Explosion near Cairo's Coptic Cathedral kills dozens

<p>An explosion near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral has killed at least 25 people and more than 30 injured, the country’s health ministry has said. </p> <p>There has been no immediate claim of responsiblity. </p> <p>The blast took place around 10:00 am local time. </p> <p>St Mark’s Cathedral is the main headquarters of Coptic Christians in Egypt and home to the head of the church, Pope Tawadros II.</p> <p>The religious community makes up around 10 percent of Egypt’s population. </p> <p>In 2013, two people were killed outside the cathedral following a spike in violence against Coptic Christians. </p> <p>On Friday, two roadside bombs – one in Cairo and one north of the capital – killed six policemen and wounded six others. </p> <p>Egypt is currently fighting a branch of <span class="caps">ISIL</span> in Northern Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. <span class="caps">ISIL</span> fighters have launched several deadly attacks in Cairo and other cities.</p>