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Suicide attack on Egyptian church foiled by tight security

Middle East and North Africa

Suicide attack on Egyptian church foiled by tight security

Tight security foiled an attempted suicide attack on a church in Mostorod, north of Cairo, on Saturday 11 August 2018.

Security around the church prevented the terrorist from infiltrating a group of worshippers. The bomber then detonated his explosive vest around 250 metres from the church, killing himself and a passer-by. A police officer was also injured.

Egyptian security services subsequently made seven arrests in relation to the attack. At the time of writing, no organisation has claimed responsibility.

Islamic State terrorists have mounted a number of attacks on churches in Egypt in the last two years. In December 2017, nine Christians were killed when gunmen targeted a church in Helwan, south of Cairo, while nearly 50 Christians were killed in bombings at multiple churches on Palm Sunday 2017.