Police officers killed in shooting outside Egypt church

30 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A priest reacts at the site of attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo Egypt

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said.

The security forces were able to capture one of the attackers after shooting him, managed to defuse an explosive belt that was fasten around the militant's chest, while the other one fled the scene, the ministry said.

Egyptian security members and forensic police inspect the site of a gun attack outside a Cairo church.

The attack began when the gunman tried to break through the security cordon outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina.

The White House says Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after the attack by a gunman in Helwan killed at least eight members of Egypt's long-suffering minority community as well as a police officer.

Two gunmen opened fired outside the Marmina Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan, a neighborhood in south Cairo, Khaled Megahed told reporters. The group's North Sinai affiliate had killed at least seven Coptic Christians in the restive peninsula in less than a month.


According to the Youm7 newspaper, the security forces are now trying to detain the second attacker, who left the scene riding a motorcycle.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region.

A video circulating on social media after Friday's attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood. Isis also claimed responsibility last week for firing an anti-tank missile at a helicopter at an airport in northern Sinai as the defence and interior ministers were visiting. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same suburb of Helwan that killed two Copts.

Authorities have shut off the area around the church.

One attacker was shot dead by security forces, the sources and the state-run news agency Mena reported. "There are two issues one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013".

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