At least 41 people were killed and 45 injured in a fire inside a church in the Egyptian city of Giza, according to security sources.

An electrical fire broke out just before 9am local time during mass as 5,000 people gathered at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in the Imbaba neighbourhood, the sources said.

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"I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the innocent victims that have passed on to be with their Lord in one of his houses of worship," said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a tweet.

The fire blocked an entrance to the church, causing a stampede, they said, adding that most of those killed were children.

Electrical fires of this kind are not a rare occurrence in Egypt; in late 2020, a fire at a hospital treating Covid-19 patients killed at least seven people and injured several others.
Giza, Egypt's second-largest city, lies just across the Nile from Cairo.