Bomb explosion at Cairo Coptic Church

A policeman perished, while attempting to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials said.

Late Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance. The explosion injured two other officers and one pedestrian.

The device was hidden in a bag on a roof by the church in Nasr City outside Cairo.

Coptic Christmas is celebrated on January 7, following non-recognition of the canon of the Catholic Church (1582) Gregorian calendar reform.

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