CCTV footage showing the moment an ISIS suicide bomber killed 25 people at a church in Cairo has been released by the Egyptian government.
22-year-old Abu Abdallah al-Masri detonated the 12kg bomb at a chapel next to St. Mark’s Cathedral, killing six children and 19 adults and injuring 49 more reports the The Guardian.
The footage from outside the chapel shows a figure cross the street and walk through the gates of the church. Moments later the blast sends clouds of dust and debris shooting out through the windows.
It was one of the deadliest attacks in recent memory to target Egypt’s Christian population and a series of protests were held outside the church in the aftermath as Christians accused the government of failing to protect them.
Activist Nader Shokry said:
How did all this planning take place without the security knowing about it?
You are saying that this person belongs to a terror group and has been previously arrested. So you should have kept a close eye on him.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry said the bomber was part of a terror cell funded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders exiled in Qatar, however ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Three men and a woman have reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack.