Sisi orders renovation of bombed church before Coptic Christmas

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Dec 2016

St. Peter and St. Paul
Bloodstains are seen on damaged doors at the scene following a bombing inside St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Cairo, Egypt, December 11, 2016. (Reuters)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered on Thursday the renovation of St. Peter and St. Paul Church, the site of 11 December's devastating bomb attack, to be completed before Coptic Christmas on 7 January. 

The president announced the renovation during the inauguration ceremony of the four highways project, saying that the Armed Forces Engineering Authority will be responsible for executing the project.

Head of  the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Kamel El-Wazir has said that the church will be restored to its original condition within 15 days.

At least 25 people were killed and 49 injured on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is attached to Cairo's main Coptic cathedral in Abbasiya.

The explosion caused severe damage to several parts of the church.

Egypt observed three days of mourning after the attack.

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