At least 41 killed in church fire in Egypt – VG

At least 41 people were killed and 45 injured when a fire broke out in a church in Giza, Egypt, according to the news agency AP.

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Updated yesterday 13:19

The fire is said to be caused by a fault in an electrical system and occurred while 5,000 Christians were gathered in the Abu Sifin church in the city. Panic broke out and people were trampled to death, the security police said Reuters.

According to Gulf News The Coptic Church has stated that the number of dead is now 41 people. 14 people are said to be injured.

The fire is said to have broken out right after the prayer.

The authorities in Egypt have so far only confirmed that at least one person is dead and that 55 are injured.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed. The investigation so far suggests that an electrical short circuit may have been the cause of the fire, according to the police.

A large number of fire engines rushed to the church on Sunday. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has spoken to the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, to express his condolences.

The Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the population in Egypt, where the vast majority of the inhabitants are Muslims.

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