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A horrible scene as 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. This comes as masses of the population are leaning more towards Christianity.

Magdy Ramzy was one of the witnesses and recalls a “shattering explosion like nothing I had ever heard before.”

Since former President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown, many religious acts of violence have increased. Many government and public figures blame the rise of Christianity for the country’s instability, said a senior Muslim Brotherhood official.

“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 a section of the Church 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.

Officials linked Friday’s attack to a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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