9 dead after gunmen attack church in Cairo

Jan 01, 2018, 00:39
9 dead after gunmen attack church in Cairo

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

On his Twitter account, Hahn expressed his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, stressing that the European Union (EU) stands by Egypt and its people.

Priest David, the head of the Mar Mina church, is greeted Friday by people outside the church in Cairo's Helwan area, where at least nine people were killed in a shootout.

A local news organization has shared graphic footage of a man lying bloodied in the road, who it claims is one of the attackers.

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.

It was not clear if the three reported dead included the attacker, or how many attackers were involved.

At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt.

Five security guards were also wounded in the rampage outside the church south of the capital Cairo before a gunman was shot dead as he tried to storm the building.

A lot of them belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church. Police have been stationed outside churches and in nearby streets across Cairo.

A video circulated on social media after the attack appeared to show the dead gunman on the ground.

Al-Sisi said that he "is following the consequences of the terror attack closely".

Islamic militants have for years battled security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency now led by IS.

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