Egypt security forces thwart a suicide attack at church near Cairo

The suicide attacker was shot by the security forces before he could blow himself up. (Supplied)

Egypt security forces thwarted an attack targeting a church near Cairo on Saturday, state television said.

According to media outlets, the security forces on Saturday thwarted a suicide attack near a Coptic Orthodox church in Shubra al-Khaimah, in Qalyubiya, near Cairo, Egyptian media reported.

The terrorist, who was wearing an explosive belt was trying to infiltrate through worshipers who were celebrating the occasion of Virgin Mary day at the church of the “Blessed Virgin Mary”.

The security forces could spot him and thwart his attempt to blow himself up among the large crowd of Christian Coptic.

He was killed instantly while to two civilians were wounded.

ISIS have claimed several attacks on Egypt’s large Christian minority in recent years, including two deadly bombings on Palm Sunday in April 2017 and a blast at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people.

The most recent attack came last December, when a gunman fired on worshippers at a Coptic Orthodox church in a Cairo suburb, killing 11 in an attack claimed by ISIS.

The country has fought an insurgency led by ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since mid-2013 - although no official death toll has been released to date.
 

With Reuters

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