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Cairo cathedral blast suspects reveal new info

One of the church servants had met the terrorist bomber - asking for books on Christianity - a day before the attack

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Adviser Nabil Sadeq, the Egyptian Attorney General is pursuing the investigations with the accused in the bombing of the Petrine ministry of the Church in Abbassiya, which killed 24 people and injured 49 others.

The prosecutor accused the defendants of the murder of Copts, shedding their blood, possession of weapons, explosives, harboring terrorists, execution of hostile operations against the state and joining a terrorist group.

Prosecutors asked the security forces to bring the two fugitives, Mohab Mostafa El-Sayed Kassem, and Karam Ahmed Abdel Aal Ibrahim.

Investigations initiated by the Supreme State Security Prosecution revealed that the suicide bomber, Mahmoud Shafik, walked at a fast pace into the church before the prayers, one of the security personnel suspected him and chased him at the back door dedicated to women, minutes later he blew himself up.

Prosecutors revealed the lack of surveillance cameras in the prayer hall, concentrated only on the outside. They asked the crime lab, bomb squad and forensics to quickly provide technical reports on the incident.

On the other hand, one of the servants of the church called Marcus Mokhtar revealed new details about the incident. In a press statement given Tuesday, he said that he had met the terrorist bomber, one day before the accident, where the terrorist came to the church on Saturday evening and asked for some religious books about the history of Christianity, claiming that he is preparing a study on the Christian religion, and wanting to interview one of the priests. He had a big blue bag and wanted to enter.

The Server added that he told the terrorist that the church is closed now and there is no one, but he can come back tomorrow morning, adding that upon seeing the terrorist's body and his image, he recognized him immediately.

Marcus said that he will go Tuesday morning to deposit his testimony.