Egypt thwarts bid to attack Coptic church
The Egyptian army foiled a bid to attack a Coptic church in the Rafah
border town with Gaza as the minority Christian community began
celebrating its Christmas.
2:28PM GMT 07 Jan 2013
Army units foiled the attack against the Rafah church, seizing a car
packed with explosives and weapons, according to MENA news.
Another car carrying masked men sped away as the patrols seized the
explosives-packed Toyota vehicle, MENA said.
Egypt's Coptic minority is celebrating its first Christmas under
Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their
future, although President Mohammed Morsi has pledged to be the
"president of all Egyptians."
In September, residents and officials reported that several Coptic
families from Rafah had fled from the Sinai peninsula town that borders
the Gaza Strip after receiving death threats from Islamists.
Egyptian security sources suggested, meanwhile, that the planned attack
could have been aimed at a military camp under construction near the
church which has been targeted in the past by Islamist militants.