Egypt: Explosives expert killed defusing a bomb near Cairo church, 2 days prior to Coptic Christmas
An Egyptian police officer was killed on Saturday while attempting to defuse an explosive device planted by Muslim terrorists near a church in an eastern Cairo suburb, less than two days prior to Coptic Christmas celebrated by Egypt’s Christians.
Two policemen and an onlooker were also injured when the device exploded, security sources said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the terror attack.
On Christmas Eve, security forces arrested four Muslim terrorists members of the Hasm branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were planning to carry out terror attacks targeting Christian Copts during the New Year’s celebrations.
A roadside bomb planted by Muslim terrorists hit a tourist bus on the Mariouteya Road in the pyramid district, one of the most famous streets in greater Cairo. Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed in the improvised bomb blast. Twelve people were injured.
Egyptian security forces have stepped up their presence outside churches and other places of worship ahead of New Year’s Eve and Coptic Christmas, which is celebrated on Jan. 7.
Egypt’s Christian minority has been targeted by Muslim terrorists in a series of terror attacks since December 2016 that left more than 100 dead and scores wounded.