An Egyptian policeman has been killed while trying to defuse a bomb that had been planted near a church in one of Cairo’s suburbs.
The incident, which occurred on January 5th, wounded an additional two police officers, one of whom was the commander of the bomb squad. The device was hidden in a suitcase and placed on the roof of a building close to a church in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo.
According to AP, the latest explosion to rock Cairo could result in authorities increasing security even more around churches as the Coptic Orthodox Church prepares for its Christmas celebrations.
Just over a week ago another bomb was detonated in Cairo, near the Giza pyramids. The blast killed three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian driver.
Whilst there has been no claim of responsibility for the blast, it carries the typical trademarks of Isis, which spearheads an insurgency in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula.