Middle East and North Africa

Egypt police avert attack on Coptic Church in Alexandria

Egyptian police said on Saturday (24 June) they have arrested six members of a terrorist cell planning an attack on a church in Alexandria,

In a statement the Ministry of Interior said it arrested two “suicide bombers” and four other members of a cell in the Mediterranean city.

The Ministry said one of the jihadists planned detonating an explosive vest inside the church while the other would blow himself up when police arrived the scene.

In another statement, last Thursday, the Police said seven Islamic terrorists, alleged to have been linked to the Coptic Church attacks two months ago, were killed in southern Egypt.

This crackdown on Islamic State terror cells come about a month after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility of the attack on two vehicles on their way to a monastery that killed about 30 Coptic Christians.