A suicide bomber tries to attack the Coptic Christian church in Egypt only to blow himself to pieces

Egyptian investigators gather around the body of a suicide bomber whose explosives detonated before arriving at the Church of the Virgin Mary, on the northern outskirts of the capital, Cairo, on August 11.

A suicide attack on a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo failed today when the terrorist blew himself up when security guards approached him.

The man had been walking among the parishioners, while wearing a belt of explosives, and tried to enter the building in the district of Mostorod in Qaliubiya province.

But the increased security around the church prevented him from reaching his intended goal, state media and security sources said.

Egyptian investigators gather around the body of a suicide bomber whose explosives detonated before arriving at the Church of the Virgin Mary, on the northern outskirts of the capital, Cairo, on August 11.

Egyptian investigators gather around the body of a suicide bomber whose explosives detonated before arriving at the Church of the Virgin Mary, on the northern outskirts of the capital, Cairo, on August 11.

He detonated the explosives about 250 meters (275 yards) from the church, killing himself. No other deaths were reported.

The terrorist was forced to detonate his suicide belt as a result of the heavy police presence around the church, state media reported.

He was hiding the explosives under a fluorescent vest, said the state-run newspaper Akhbar el-Youm.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack.

An ambulance, Egyptian police forces and investigators gathered on a bridge along the Nile, where explosives from a suicide bomber detonated

An ambulance, Egyptian police forces and investigators gathered on a bridge along the Nile, where explosives from a suicide bomber detonated

An ambulance, Egyptian police forces and investigators gathered on a bridge along the Nile, where explosives from a suicide bomber detonated

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to inform the media.

Mostorod is located about 11.5 kilometers (7.2 miles) north of Cairo.

The Christians of Egypt represent around 10% of the predominantly Muslim population of the country.

They have been attacked by Islamic militants in a series of attacks since December 2016, which have left more than 100 people dead and dozens injured.

Egypt has been in a state of emergency since the bombings and suicide attacks against Christians of the Coptic minority killed the scores in 2017.

The extremist group of Islamist state claimed such attacks.

The government has been fighting to contain an insurgency of Islamic militants led by an IS affiliate in the northern Sinai peninsula, but there have also been attacks on the continent.

The Egyptian army is currently carrying out an important operation centered on the Sinai Peninsula to annihilate IS.

Egyptian police stand guard while others inspect the attacker's body outside Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian police stand guard while others inspect the attacker's body outside Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian police stand guard while others inspect the attacker's body outside Cairo, Egypt

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