Egyptian police officers stand guard as others inspect the body of the attacker outside a church a in Qalyubiyah, a governorate north of Cairo, Egypt August 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
CAIRO – 12 August 2018: Abdel Maseeh Basset, pastor of the Virgin Mary Church Shubra al-Khaima north of Cairo, said that the church witnessed a heavy security existence since January.
Basset praised the Egyptian officers’ competence in press statements on Saturday, adding that the security forces intensified their patrols around the church to foil any possible attacks against Christian worshipers.
Basset said that the church will set preparations to receive the Feast of the Dormition of Mother Mary, excluding the existence of fear among the Christian worshipers.
A suicide attack near the Church of Virgin Mary in Shubra al-Khaimah city in Greater Cairo has been thwarted due to tight security measures set during Copts' religious celebrations.
The man was surrounding his waist with an explosive belt, trying to sneak into the church, where Copts were celebrating the birth of Virgin Mary. It was said that he retracted from blowing himself at the very last minute and went away, reportedly due to the excessive presence of security forces in the area. Later, the belt exploded when he was atop the bridge of Mostorod. The suicide bomber was killed immediately, and no casualties were reported after the bombing.
Tight security measures have been in full swing around vital installations and worship places, especially during celebrations and religious occasions.
Virgin Mary Church in Qalubiya governorate is hosting celebrations of the birth of Virgin Mary, which started on Aug. 7 and last until Aug. 21.