Gunmen killed at the very least 9 individuals together with three police in an assault on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo on Friday, medical and safety sources mentioned.
The two attackers opened hearth on the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police within the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations subsequent week, safety sources mentioned.
One attacker was shot lifeless by safety forces, the sources and the state-run information company MENA reported. State tv mentioned the second had been captured.
Islamist militants have claimed a number of assaults on Egypt’s massive Christian minority lately, together with two bomb assaults on Palm Sunday in April and a blast at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral final December that killed 28 individuals.
The Health Ministry mentioned that 9 individuals had been killed on Friday along with the gunman, and 5 wounded, together with two ladies in severe situation.
Local media mentioned the lifeless attacker had been carrying an explosive belt, and that two different bombs had been defused close to the church.
Sirens had been heard in central Cairo instantly after the incident.
Police have stepped up safety measures round church buildings forward of the Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan 7, deploying officers outdoors Christian locations of worship and establishing steel detectors at among the larger church buildings.