Bomber blows up near Egypt church

Bomber blows up near Egypt church

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

The bomber died after detonating an explosive belt on a bridge outside the church after he was denied entry by police, according to the state-run Al Ahram newspaper.

No other casualties were reported. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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A spokesman for the health ministry said that a foreign object had exploded leading to the death of one person but no injuries, without elaborating on whether it was an attempted attack on the church.

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