Suicide Attack on Coptic Church in Egypt Foiled by Police

Egyptian police form a perimeter after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt after being denied entry to a Coptic Christian church in Mostorod on August 11, 2018.

A suicide attack on a Coptic church in north Cairo, Egypt, was thwarted on Saturday, reports Coptic news site Watani.

A man wearing a suicide vest detonated the bomb about 250 metres from the Church of the Holy Virgin in the Mostorod district.

He was killed instantly, as was a member of the public, according to Watani. A policeman was also injured.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Watani the suicide bomber turned away from the entrance when he saw the security guards.

The church’s priest, Abdel-Massih Baseet, told Watani he was grateful that a catastrophe had been averted.

The church attracts more visitors than usual between Aug. 7–21 due to its observation of the Fast of the Holy Virgin.

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SOURCE: Christian Post; World Watch Monitor