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Attacks force Egypt churches to suspend activities |

Attacks force Egypt churches to suspend activities

Warnings of further attacks force conferences and church-organised trips to be suspended for 3 weeks

Cairo: Egypt's Coptic and Evangelical Churches have suspended some of their activities for security reasons after a spate of extremist attacks, church officials said on Thursday.

Conferences and church-organised trips will be suspended for three weeks after security services warned of more attempted attacks, said the Reverend Andrea Zaki, head of the Egyptian Evangelical Church.

"We are talking about conferences and travel for religious events, for three weeks, because we have information in cooperation with the responsible agencies that attempts to attack have been detected," he told AFP.

Church services will not be affected, he said.

Coptic Church spokesman Bolus Halim confirmed the moratorium on some activities.

Since December, Daesh suicide bombers have targeted three Coptic churches, killing dozens of people.

And in May, Daesh claimed responsibility for shooting dead at least 28 Copts as they travelled to a monastery.

The extremists have threatened to carry out further attacks on Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 90 million people.
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