Aug 12 2018
Suicide Bomber Kills Himself While Trying To Attack A Church
The Egyptian security forces foiled the suicide bombing attack at a Christian church outside Cairo on Saturday, state media reported.
The man tried to enter the church in Mostorod district in Qaliubiya province with churchgoers but heightened security around the church prevented him gaining access to the church, the officials said.
Local media reported that he detonated the explosives about 250 meters from the church, killing himself. No other fatalities were reported.
The attempted bombing targeted worshipers gathered to celebrate the annual Assumption of the Virgin Mary. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In 2017, Egypt declared a state of emergency after ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings at two Coptic churches, which killed at least 45 peoples.
Copts also face routine discrimination in the Muslim-majority country despite the Egyptian constitution’s guaranteed “absolute” freedom of religion.
The religious minority also struggles for greater representation in the Egyptian government.