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A fire broke out at Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday. Church officials citing health officials have reported 41 people dead, while the health ministry said 55 people were injured.

The blaze started for unknown reasons at the Abu Sifine church in the Egyptian capital and ripped through the densely populated neighbourhood of Imbaba.

Police said an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit. The statement said the fire broke out while congregation was underway Sunday morning.

Fifteen firefighting vehicles were dispatched to the scene to put out the flames while ambulances ferried the casualties to nearby hospitals.

Cairo Coptic church after fire
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Cairo Coptic church after fire (Twitter)

Although the country is dominated by a Muslim population, 10% of the population of Egypt follows Christianity.

The health ministry said ambulances have transferred at least 55 injured to hospitals and ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghafar said at least one person was killed.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi spoke by phone with the Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to offer his condolences, the president’s office said.

With inputs from wire agencies.

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