Gunmen kill nine in church near Cairo

30 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • 2 policemen among 3 dead in Egypt church attack

The attack, according to Interior Ministry statement, claimed the lives of seven people, including one police conscript when a gunman opened fire outside the church.

The Interior Ministry said he opened fire at the entrance to the site and tried to throw an explosive device.

Authorities reported at least nine people dead, among them three police officers.

A video circulating on social media after Friday's attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood. "We stayed inside for 30 minutes before we were able to get out".

The ISIL Takfiri group's affiliate in Egypt has killed dozens of Christians in church bombings and shootings over the past year.

Eight Coptic Christians were among those killed.

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Since December 2016, Egypt's Copts have been targeted by the militants, who waged a series of attacks that left more than 100 dead and scores wounded.

"The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for today's horrific attack to be swiftly brought to justice", the statement concluded. The demonstrators destroyed the church's contents and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them. At least two people were reportedly killed in that attack. The officials stated that a gunman fired upon people outside the church.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

Security forces went on high alert for Christmas and New Year celebrations. A Muslim mob stabs 27-year old Coptic Christian Fam Khalaf to death in the southern City of Minya over a personal feud.

A bomb explodes in a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as worshippers depart a midnight mass, killing more than 20 people.

Smartphone users have begun posting footage of the attack online.

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