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IS claims Egypt's deadly church blast

IS claims Egypts deadly church blast

Cairo: The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a recent deadly church blast in Cairo that killed at least 25, the militant group said in a statement circulated on Tuesday on social media websites.

The blast took place on Sunday morning at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, known as al-Boutrosiya Church, which is adjacent to Saint Mark's Cathedrtal in Cairo's Abassiya neighbourhood, Xinhua news agency reported.

The IS statement said that a suicide bomber referred to as Abu Abdullah al-Masry carried out the attack with an explosive belt, killing and injuring 80.

During an official funeral on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi revealed that the attack was done by a 22-year-old suicide bomber named Mahmoud Shafiq.

The attack came a day after an Egyptian top court confirmed a death sentence against Adel Habbara, a militant Islamist extremist, over a 2013 anti-military attack that killed at least 25 soldiers in restive North Siani province.

Most of anti-government terror attacks that took place over the past three years were claimed by a Sinai-based group affiliated with the IS.

On Monday, a blast killed two military conscripts and injured three others in Sheikh Zuweid city of North Sinai, while on Friday, a bomb attack killed six policemen in Giza province near the capital Cairo.

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