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Egypt church attack: 10-year-old dies, death toll rises to 27

The girl, Maggie Mamoun, became the face of the Coptic community’s grief in the days following the horrific bombing, with photos of the smiling child circulating on social media, along with prayer requests.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2016 16:13 IST

AP, Cairo
The girl, Maggie Mamoun, died following the church attack in Egypt. She became the face of the Coptic community’s grief in the days following the horrific bombing, with photos of the smiling child circulating on social media, along with prayer requests.
The girl, Maggie Mamoun, died following the church attack in Egypt. She became the face of the Coptic community’s grief in the days following the horrific bombing, with photos of the smiling child circulating on social media, along with prayer requests.(AP file photo)
         

Egypt’s state news agency said a 10-year-old girl who was critically wounded in the suicide bombing at a Cairo church earlier this month, died, taking the death toll to 27.

Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the bombing, though authorities blamed the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

Read: Bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25

Egypt security forces and members of the clergy inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11.
Egypt security forces and members of the clergy inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on December 11. ( AFP file photo )

The girl, Maggie Mamoun, became the face of the Coptic community’s grief in the days following the horrific bombing, with photos of the smiling child circulating on social media, along with prayer requests.

The MENA news agency on Tuesday said her funeral will be held at the church that was bombed.

The attack was the worst in the living memory of Egypt’s Christians, who make up nearly 10% of the population.