A CCTV video from surveillance camera footage near the Church of the Virgin Mary and Abu Seifin in Ezbat al-Haganah, Nasr City, revealed the moment a terrorist entered into a building attached to a nearby mosque to put an improvised explosive device (IED) on the roof to cause an explosion near the church.
A security source said Major Mostafa Ebeid al-Azhari, from the bomb squad in Cairo Security Directorate, was killed on Saturday evening while trying to dismantle the IED, which was inside a bag hidden on the rooftop.
A different security source in Qaliubiya Security Directorate said it was decided to hold a military funeral for the martyr, after the noon prayer in his hometown in Toukh city.
Security forces stepped up their presence in front of churches and monasteries before the eastern Christmas.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm