CAIRO (Sputnik) — The deadly attack in a Coptic cathedral complex in Cairo was staged by a suicide bomber, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi said on Monday.
"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.
St. Mark's Cathedral serves as the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope. Copts are a large ethnic and religious minority in Egypt, making up between 6 and 10 percent of the population.