But just days before the bombing a mob went on the rampage in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish in Sohag.
The village’s 2,000 Christians built a four-storey building to be used as a community centre and applied to the Egyptian authorities to build a church, angering members of the Muslim community.
Muslims attacked Christians in Egypt for attempting to build a church days before the Cairo bombing
In a horrifying attack the mob assaulted Christians using gas canisters and rocks as they looted and burned properties and businesses.
The water and power supply was cut off as roadblocks stopped firefighters coming to help.
Christians struggle to legally build churches in Egypt
Muslim young men, some of them were carrying gas canisters and rocks while others came armed with automatic rifles, clubs, machetes and knives, they attacked Copts and Coptic-owned houses
“The attackers cut off the road so that the fire trucks could not enter the village.
“They also cut off the water and power supply to the village.”
Security officials inspect the damage in Cairo
A relative of one of the Cairo blast victims screams at a police officer in front of the cathedral
William Stark, International Christian Concern’s regional manager, said: “We are shocked at the news of yet another attack against Christians incited by rumours of church construction.
“ICC mourns with the families who have lost their homes and businesses due to these hate crimes.
“This is the latest in a long string of similar attacks, and we are impatient to see proper justice serviced.
“The Egyptian government must do more to secure the lives and properties of all citizens, including Christians.”
Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt’s 90million people, have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders.
Christians struggle to legally build churches in Egypt, with new churches only allowed to be built by official presidential decree – and they are only issued once a year.
Regular attacks by Muslim neighbours, who burn down homes and churches in poor rural areas, usually in anger over an inter-faith romance or the construction of church are reported.