SEARCH
« Different voices in protests across cities of Iran | Main | High winds blow plane into building in Malta; no injuries »
Friday
Dec292017

At least 10 dead in Egypt after gunmen opened fire at Coptic church

Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- At least 10 people were killed Friday after unidentified gunmen opened fire at a church south of Cairo, according to Egypt's health ministry.

The attack struck a Coptic Christian church in Helwan, a city east of the Nile River on the southern outskirts of central Cairo. Another five people were wounded in the shooting, the health ministry said.

A policeman was among the dead, according to Egypt's interior ministry.

One of the attackers was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security forces deployed to the scene. The other attacker managed to escape, according to Egyptian security officials.

A security guard at the church immediately responded to the shooting by firing back at the gunmen, the officials said.

One of the attackers was killed in an exchange of gunfire with security forces deployed to the scene. The other attacker managed to escape, according to Egyptian security officials.

A security guard at the church immediately responded to the shooting by firing back at the gunmen, the officials said.

Egypt's Coptic minority has repeatedly been targeted in recent deadly attacks, including ones carried out by ISIS.

In April, ISIS claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings during church services in the northern cities of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday. The double bombings, which killed at least 45 people, led Egypt's president to declare a three-month state of emergency.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.







ABC News Radio