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A bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people


UPDATE: The White House condemned the attack Sunday afternoon.

A bombing at a chapel next to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.

The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Zayn Malik's sister reportedly got death threats over a photo of a Christmas tree

WATCH | Here's a look at the devastation wrought by the bombing.

The pain felt by Egyptians now will not go to waste, but will result in an uncompromising decisiveness...
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a statement

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared three days of mourning in the wake of the attacks.

I saw a headless woman being carried away...We were scooping up people's flesh off the floor.
Attiya Mahrous, cathedral worker

Survivors described a grisly scene. 

An angry crowd of several hundred people gathered outside the cathedral, chanting anti-government slogans and calling for the firing of the interior minister, who is in charge of security. 

Here's another look at the scene.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by Islamic militants since the military in 2013 overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, a freely elected leader and a senior Muslim Brotherhood official. 

Many of Morsi's supporters blamed Christians for supporting the overthrow, and scores of churches and other Christian-owned properties in southern Egypt were ransacked that year. Egypt's Christians have long complained of discrimination, saying they are denied good jobs. 

Zayn Malik's sister reportedly got death threats over a photo of a Christmas tree

WATCH | Here's another look at the bombing's aftermath, including the protests that followed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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