The blast that occurred on Sunday at Mar Girguis church in Tanta was not the first attempted terrorist attack, as a similar planned attack failed 12 days ago.
Security services defused a bomb in the same church on March 29 after reports indicated that there was a bomb inside the church, located on Ali Mubarak street. The two-way street was blocked until explosive experts were able to defuse the bomb; there were no casualties.
Sources from the church said on Sunday that another bomb was found next to the church a few days ago. Experts were able to defuse the bomb after it was noticed on surveillance cameras.
A massive explosion took place on Sunday morning killing 21 Coptic Christians and wounding 59 worshippers
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm