Terrorists Attack Coptic Church in Cairo, at Least Eight Killed

Glen Norman
December 30, 2017

A gunman opened fire outside a Coptic church south of Cairo, killing at least nine people and wounding at least five others before being shot dead by police, The Guardian reported on Friday.The incident took place at the Mar Mina church in the Helwan district on the capital's southern outskirts, according to Egypt's health ministry.

Last month, terrorists have claimed the lives of more than 300 Muslim worshippers in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Egypt when they detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque in Sinai.

"President Trump emphasized his commitment to strengthening efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all their forms", a White House statement said.

A video circulated on social media after the attack apparently shows the dead gunman on the ground.

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

Coptic churches in Egypt are often attacked. At least two people were reportedly killed in that attack. Gerges said he was walking in a nearby street when the shooting happened. At least one senior officer was killed and two wounded in that attack, which pointed to an unusually high level of intelligence available to the militants. He saw people running and some taking cover in a nearby restaurant.

Atta said that once she was let outside the building she saw blood scattered everywhere. On hearing gunfire, he went to check on his students, who were panicking and terrified.

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are frequently targeted in Egypt. The officials stated that a gunman fired upon people outside the church. The demonstrators destroyed the church's contents and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them.

No group immediately claims responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December of the previous year, but it bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State group's local affiliate.

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