Egypt: Bomber tried to explode inside church

Published January 4th, 2011 - 02:55 GMT

A suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people outside a church likely planned to set off the explosives inside so as to kill as many people as possible, Egyptian investigators said on Tuesday. The main lead in the investigation into the New Year's Day attack in Alexandria was a severed head found at the scene they said probably belonged to the bomber.

According to AFP, police also believe that a severed foot, which the explosion had thrown over the roof of a mosque across the street from the church, also belonged to the bomber, who is yet to be identified. Security experts believe the attacker intended to enter the church, but was blocked by police guards at its gates. He then set off an explosives belt packed with between 10 and 15 kilograms of TNT, bolts and ball bearings.

Police also found a still-unidentified hand amputated by the powerful blast. Surgeons have been called in to try to reconstruct the head's features to determine its identity. 

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