Clash outside Coptic church in Cairo leaves at least 9 dead
01 January, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
The order came just hours after gunmen attacked Mar Mina Church and a shop in southern Cairo, killing at least 10 people, including eight Christians, and wounding a number of others. The attacker was wearing an explosive vest and was shot dead by the church's security forces.
At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt.
No one has claimed responsibility as of Friday morning, but the Islamic State has largely claimed responsibility for previous attacks on Christian churches in Egypt.
The claim was carried by the group's Aamaq news agency.
Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 per cent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region.
A boy holds yellow tape surrounding the site in front of Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo on December 29, 2017.
Two police officers are thought to be among the dead.
They have increasingly targeted civilians as attacks on the security forces have become more hard.
A video circulated on social media after the attack shows the dead gunman on the ground.
The Interior Ministry identified the attacker as Ibrahim Isma'il Isma'il Mustafa, 33, who according to the ministry has been involved in several prior terrorist attacks. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also offered his condolences to the families and ordered security forces to increase safety measures at sensitive sites, his office said in a statement. Authorities closed off the area around the church.
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