Egypt officials say bombing attempt near church thwarted

Churchgoers prevented a man wearing an explosives belt from entering a Coptic church, north of Cairo, before he detonated the explosives on his person, killing himself. Above, the scene following a bombing inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral, in 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 11 August 2018

Egypt officials say bombing attempt near church thwarted

  • Man wearing an explosives belt was chased and prevented from approaching a Coptic church in Egypt
  • Egypt’s Christians have been targeted by militants in a series of attacks since December 2016

CAIRO: Egyptian security officials say a man wearing an explosives belt attempted to attack a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo but failed to enter before blowing himself up.
The officials said Saturday the man tried to enter the church in Mostorod district in Qaliubiya province with churchgoers. Local media reported he was chased and prevented from approaching the church and detonated the explosives about 250 meters (275 yards) from the church, killing himself. No other fatalities were reported.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Egypt’s Christians account for about 10 percent of the country’s predominantly Muslim population. They have been targeted by militants in a series of attacks since December 2016 that have left more than 100 dead and scores wounded.
Mostorod is located 11.5 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of Cairo.


Kais Saied wins Tunisia presidency with 72.71 percent: commission

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Kais Saied wins Tunisia presidency with 72.71 percent: commission

  • Saied garnered 2.7 million votes against one million received by his rival business tycoon Nabil Karoui in Sunday's runoff, the commission said

TUNIS: Tunisia's election commission said a preliminary count shows conservative law professor Kais Saied has won the country's presidential election by a significant margin.
The commission reported Monday that Saied, who hasn't held elected office before, received 72.71% of the vote. His opponent, media mogul Nabil Karoui, got 27.29%.
The results confirm exit polls from Sunday's election.
Nabil Bafoun, head of the electoral commission, said "by looking at the result ... and knowing that it represents an absolute majority for this second round of the presidential elections, we, the Tunisian electoral commission, declare Mister Kais Saied winner of the presidential elections."
The commission said that Saied got a majority of the votes in each of the 33 electoral districts. He exceeded 90% in six traditionally very conservative southern districts.
The 61-year-old Saied is an independent outsider but has support from moderate party Ennahdha, which won Tunisia's parliamentary election last week.
He has promised to overhaul the country's governing structure to give more power to young people and local governments.
Karoui, 56, told supporters Sunday the race wasn't over because his legal team would explore options. He was arrested Aug. 23 in a corruption investigation and released with only two days left to campaign.
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Saied for his election in a phone call Monday and wished him "success for Tunisia."
Macron stressed the Tunisian people's "democratic mobilization" over the past several weeks. He told Saied that he intends to pursue and enhance the partnership between the two countries.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi congratulated the Tunisian people and the elected president in a written statement.
If no legal action is taken to challenge the results, the electoral body is set to announce the definitive vote count on Thursday. Tunisia's parliament will then hold an extraordinary session during which the newly elected president will be sworn in and will formally start his five-year term.
The presidential vote was held early following the July death in office of President Beji Caid Essebsi.