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An Egyptian police officer, who was an explosive expert, has been killed in an explosion while defusing a bomb in the Coptic church al-Azraa Wa Abou Sifin (the Virgin and Mercure of Caesarea), in Nasr City, eastern Cairo, Egypt.

Euronews reports that the police officers and an onlooker were injured in the explosion. The engine was placed inside a bag that was being inspected by the police.

This happened less than two days before Coptic Christmas, a religious event celebrated by Egypt’s Christians.

The Grand Mufti Dr Shawki Allam condemned the incident in the strongest terms, stating that those behind it acted against all teachings of Islam. Al-Azhar similarly released a statement condemning the incident.

Meanwhile, the Coptic Orthodox Church released a statement honouring Mostafa Ebeid as a martyr and sending its condolences to the family and friends of the police officer.

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