The deadly attack on a Coptic Orthodox Christian cathedral complex in Cairo yesterday was staged by a suicide bomber, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi said today (December 12, 2016), according to the Orthodox Church Info Blog.
"The terrorist attack on the church was carried out by 22-year-old Mahmoud Mostafa Shafiq. The terrorist was wearing a suicide vest," Sisi said at a funeral ceremony in Cairo.
The president added that four people -- three men and a woman -- had been detained in connection with yesterday's attack, which left at least 20 churchgoers dead and almost 50 injured. Police are searching for two more suspects.
St. Mark's Cathedral serves as the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Copts are the largest ethnic and religious minority in predominantly Islamic Egypt, making up about 10 percent of the population.