Egypt's prosecution detains 6 'terrorist elements' over failed church attack

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 14 Aug 2018

Egypt's police arrests six people over involvement in failed attack on Qalyubiya's Mostorod Church (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian interior ministry)

Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered on Tuesday the detention of six "terrorist elements" for 15 days pending investigation into accusations of their involvement in a failed terrorist attack on a church near Cairo on Saturday.

Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution has charged the detainees with "harming the national unity and social peace, embracing tafkiri beliefs, carrying out hostile acts against vital state installations, places of worship, the military and police forces, and targeting the Church of the Virgin Mary in Qalioubiya," a prosecution statement read. 

The prosecution has also charged the detainees with joining an illegal terrorist group which aims at obstructing the provisions of the constitution.

On Saturday, Egyptian police foiled a suicide bombing attempt at a church in the town of Mostorod in Qalioubiya governorate. The attacker detonated his explosive belt killing himself.

There were no other casualties.

One day following the failed attempt, the interior ministry revealed that it had identified the deceased as 29-year-old Omar Mostafa, a member of a terrorist cell, as well as six other suspects.  

Tight security around all Egypt's churches, according to police statements, were the reason why Mostafa detonated his explosives before he could enter the church. 

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