Terrorists Attack Coptic Church in Cairo, at Least Eight Killed

30 December, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • 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

Trump has promised to make protecting beleaguered Christian communities overseas a priority for his administration.

Egypt's state-run MENA news agency quoted an official anonymously as informing that the attack in Helwan was perpetrated by two attackers.

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire outside the church and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, in the latest attack targeting the country's embattled Christian minority.

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The gunman had tried to storm the building when police shot him dead, police officials said.

Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of the Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.

According to the BBC, Egyptian police patrolling near the church approached two men who were behaving suspiciously. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has personally chaired meetings with his top security chiefs in recent days to discuss security during New Year's Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.

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At least nine people were killed and 10 others were injured on Friday in a terrorist attack on a church in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan, local DMC broadcaster reported citing the Health Ministry.

Coptic Christians in Egypt have been faced several attacks by extremist organisations.

The Times notes another incident was reported on Friday involving a gun attack in Helwan at an appliance shop owned by a Copt. The country has been under a state of emergency since April after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday in an attack that was claimed by the local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

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A witness who did not want to give his name said a policeman was killed while he was closing the church gate to stop the gunman getting in. The officials stated that a gunman fired upon people outside the church.

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