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Suicide attack on Egyptian church foiled by tight security


14 August 2018

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

Security guards stopped the attacker from entering the church grounds to target worshippers. The bomber then detonated his explosive vest on an overpass around 250 metres from the church, killing himself and one passer-by, as well as injuring a policeman.  

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

Mina, killed in the 2017 Palm Sunday suicide bombings of two churches in Egypt, and his son Kirillos, who was among the injured helped by Barnabas Fund
Mina, killed in the 2017 Palm Sunday suicide bombings of two churches in Egypt, and his son Kirillos, who was among the injured helped by Barnabas Fund

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.