A bomb exploded in an Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church in the middle of Sunday morning mass, killing 25 people and wounding 49, ABC News reports.
A witness at the scene of the tragedy, Magdy Ramzy, recalled the noise, explaining the attack was a “shattering explosion like nothing I had ever heard before.”
The explosion comes amid a wave of attacks that have gripped the country since 2013, when the military overthrew elected official President Mohammed Morsi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood official.
The governmental upheaval was blamed on Christians, leading to many of their churches and places of prayer to be destroyed in the last 3 years.
“This is one of the acts of terror that we used to watch on television. Now, we saw it with our own eyes,” he told The Associated Press.
AP reporters claimed that the space where women traditionally sit in the chapel experienced the worst damage.
“I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene,” said church worker Attiya Mahrous.
The attack comes just two days after the bombing of the Boutrossyia Chapel that killed 6 police officers. Officials linked Friday’s attack to a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
As of this morning, no one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.