As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, police forces are gearing up to secure the celebrations in anticipation of possible terrorist attacks.
According to state media outlets, all police departments are now on high alert, as around 200,000 officers and troops are set to secure 2,626 churches in Egypt.
Also, churches are expected to be checked daily by explosives experts, in addition to assuring the position of troops as well as security cameras. Anonymous state media sources added that a buffer zone of approximately 800 meters will be established around churches where no cars or motorcycles will be allowed to pass or park.
Sources told state media that raids are being carried out at rented apartments around churches to check if they are being used as hideouts by militants or to make explosives....