December 29, 2017
At least 10 people have been killed in a gun attack outside a Coptic Christian church near the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Two men on a motorcycle opened fire and tried to storm the Mar Mina church in Helwan City on Friday (December 29), sparking a shootout between the attackers and security officers, according to Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman. Eight Coptic Christians were among those killed.
Egypt's Interior Ministry said one of the two attackers was killed. The second assailant is said to have fled the scene.
Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are frequently targeted in Egypt. During a Palm Sunday service in April more than 40 people were killed and scores more injured during bomb attacks in two separate cities. In May nearly 30 people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians heading to a monastery.