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Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

Nine people were killed, including two police officers, and another 10 were wounded in an attack on the Mar Mina Church in Helwan.

Last week, ISIS claimed responsibility for firing an antitank missile at a helicopter in a North Sinai airport as the defence and interior ministers were visiting.

Medical and security sources said six of the dead were church-goers and three were police.

The spokesman for Egypt's Health Ministry, Khaled Megahed, said eight Coptic Christians and a policeman were killed in the attack, the Associated Press reported.

A boy holds yellow tape surrounding the site in front of Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo on December 29, 2017.

Earlier this year at least 43 people were killed in twin bombings in Coptic churches in the cities of Alexandria and Tanta while they gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday. Another three soldiers were killed in an attack in Beni Suef.

Local media said the dead attacker had been wearing an explosive belt, and that two other bombs had been defused near the church. The second attacker apparently fled, the agency reported.

A video circulated on social media after the attack shows the dead gunman on the ground. Dozens of people then rush out from hiding to tackle and beat the fallen gunman.

The attack came amid tightened security around churches and Christian facilities ahead of the Coptic Orthodox Christian celebrations of Christmas on January 7.

After Friday's bloodshed, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi condemned the assault as "vicious".


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