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Attempted suicide attack on Egypt church foiled: state media

AFP  |  Cairo 

A against a church on the outskirts of was foiled today when a bomber blew himself up before reaching the target, and security sources said.

The alleged assailant was forced to detonate a suicide belt as a result of the heavy police presence around the in the district, reported.

The man was hiding the explosives under a fluorescent vest, said.

The blast took place about 200 metres (yards) away from the church, security officials said.

Christian sites of worship across have been repeatedly targeted in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

A string of bombings on Coptic churches in Cairo, and the Nile Delta city of Tanta in 2016 and 2017 killed at least 80 people.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Sunni Muslim population of some 100 million.

The is currently waging a major operation focused on the to wipe out IS.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:50 IST