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Gunmen kill 12 in Cairo church

Egypt church attack Egyptian police cordoned off the crime scene as onlookers crowded around the church
Lisa Bryan | 30 December, 2017, 02:13

Ten people have been killed in an attack outside a Coptic Christian church in southern Cairo, including a gunman, Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman says.

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

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

The Health Ministry said in an earlier statement that nine people had been killed on Friday in addition to the gunman, and five wounded, including two women in serious condition.

Trump condemned the attack and said the USA will stand with Egypt against terrorism as it did in the past.


Sirens were heard in central Cairo immediately after the incident.

The attack came amid tightened security around churches and Christian facilities ahead of the Coptic Orthodox Christian celebrations of Christmas on January 7.

Security forces went on high alert for Christmas and New Year celebrations. More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year - most attacks claimed by the local branch of the so-called Islamic State group.

"The shooting began at 10:30 a.m. and carried on for more than 15 minutes. there was more than one attacker", Mohammed Hussein Abdelhadi, who lives close to the church, told Reuters.

Eight Coptic Christians were among those killed. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same neighborhood of Helwan that killed two Copts. At least 43 people are killed and scores of worshippers injured in the Palm Sunday attack, which narrowly missed a ceremony presided over by Pope Tawadros II in Alexandria's St. Mark's cathedral.

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