Egyptian police say they foiled church bombing
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Egyptian police say they foiled church bombing

Authorities say six members of cell planning Alexandria attack have been captured, including two intended suicide bombers

A general views shows the Monastery of Marmina in the city of Borg El-Arab, east of Alexandria on April 10, 2017, as mourners attend the funeral of victims of the blast at the Coptic Christian Saint Mark's church in Alexandria the previous day. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
A general views shows the Monastery of Marmina in the city of Borg El-Arab, east of Alexandria on April 10, 2017, as mourners attend the funeral of victims of the blast at the Coptic Christian Saint Mark's church in Alexandria the previous day. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)

CAIRO — Egyptian police said on Saturday they foiled a church bombing by arresting a cell including the would-be attackers, two months after suicide bombers killed dozens of church goers in two attacks.

Six members of the cell including two “suicide bombers” planning the attack on an Alexandria church were arrested in the Mediterranean city, the interior ministry said in a statement.

It said one attacker had planned to detonate an explosive vest inside the church and the other to blow himself up when police arrived to the scene.

The Islamic State group had claimed responsibility for the two church bombings in April and one in December that killed more than seventy people.

On Thursday, the interior ministry said police killed seven suspected extremists in southern Egypt alleged to have been linked to the church attacks.

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