Egyptian Christians shout slogans in front of riot police outside the Virgin Mary church to get into the funeral for victims killed in the bombing of Cairo's main Coptic cathedral, in Cairo, Egypt December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Monday a suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed 24 people at Cairo's Coptic cathedral, the deadliest on the Christian minority in years.Speaking at a state funeral for the victims, Sisi said four people had been detained, including a woman, and security forces were seeking two more people believed to be involved.Sisi did not name the organization the attackers were believed to belong to.Sisi is fighting battles on several fronts. Saudi Arabia's King Salman sent condolences to Sisi Monday, a supportive gesture amid reports of tensions between the Arab states over Syria's war.Speaking at the end of the service, Tawadros sought to heal any sectarian friction caused by the attack, saying it "is not just a disaster for the church but a disaster for the whole nation". He also condemned attacks against the security forces.Though Christians traditionally support the government, the church attack provoked anger among survivors and the families of the dead, who said police had failed to protect them.Sisi dismissed accusations of a security failure.Orthodox Copts, who comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people, are the Middle East's biggest Christian community.
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