Helwan: Gunman launches deadly attack on Marmina Church

01 January, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • People stand behind police tape cordon at the site of attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo Egypt

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.

Ismail is suspected to have links to several past attacks, including one by a group that opened fire on a police bus previous year in Cairo.

Through its Amaq media agency, IS stated that soldiers of "the Caliphate" attacked Christian worshipers and said one attacker was killed, according to security consulting firm and NBC News partner Flashpoint Intelligence. An estimated 10-15 per cent of the population in Egypt are Christians.

"There are two issues, one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013".

A policeman stands guard in front of Mar Mina church in Helwan Cairo Egypt Friday Dec. 29 2017 where several people have been killed in a shootout outside the church
Helwan: Gunman launches deadly attack on Marmina Church

Five security guards were also wounded in the rampage outside the church south of the capital Cairo before a gunman was shot dead as he tried to storm the building.

A video circulated on social media after the attack shows the dead gunman on the ground. At least nine people were killed, an official said, in the latest violence targeting Egypt's Christian minority. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same neighborhood of Helwan that killed two Copts. Dozens of people then rush out from hiding to tackle and beat the fallen gunman.

They have increasingly targeted civilians as attacks on the security forces have become more hard. Egypt is a Muslim-majority country.

Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that Ismail, the suspected gunman, had been killed.


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