Egypt heightens security alert ahead of post-Ramadan festival

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-22 20:20:22|Editor: ying
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CAIRO, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has put its security forces on high alert ahead of post-Ramadan celebrations, vowing to foil any attempt to sabotage public safety, the official MENA news agency reported Thursday.

Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar has issued directives to security agencies to take "decisive measures to foil any attempt to mar Eid al-Fitr celebrations," a security source was quoted as saying.

The Eid al-Fitr is the festival that Muslims worldwide celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Gahaffar has finalized a security plan over the past two days, including ordering increased security measures in vital facilities, requesting the ministry's leadership inspect security measures during Eid al-Fitr.

Mobile and fixed security convoys will be deployed alongside bomb squads in public places, including parks and shopping malls, the source added.

Egypt has suffered from several major terror attacks in recent months, including the two bombing attacks against Coptic Christian churches in Tanta and Alexandria in April and the ambush of a bus carrying Coptic Christians in south of Cairo in late May.

About four dozens of people were killed in the two bombings in April, and 26 others died in the bus attack in May. Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency since April and launched airstrikes against terrorists' targets in Libya to retaliate for the terror attacks.