Egypt puts heavy security around churches

Egypt's Coptic Christian minority celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7.

Egypt puts heavy security around churches

Egyptian authorities put up a heavy security cordon early Thursday around the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo hours before Christmas Eve Mass, using bomb-sniffing dogs, metal detectors and officers to try to prevent another attack like the New Year's suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people.

Egypt's Coptic Christian minority celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7.

Across the country, police were preventing vehicles from parking near churches. They also planned to check identity cards of those entering churches and ban people from bringing in bags and pursues. Outside the Coptic cathedral in downtown Cairo, security officers with walky-talkies fanned out across the surrounding streets to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

On Wednesday, the ministry published a picture of an unidentified man whose head was found at the site of the Alexandria attack. A security official said that church officials could not identify the man, and presumed that he might be the attacker.

Agencies

Last Mod: 06 Ocak 2011, 16:44
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