Terrorists Attack Coptic Church in Cairo, at Least Eight Killed

Allan Goodman
January 1, 2018

The incident took place when an unidentified gunman opened fire at a Coptic church in the Helwan district, reported Al-Ahram.

On his Twitter account, Hahn expressed his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, stressing that the European Union (EU) stands by Egypt and its people.

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.

Security forces reportedly shot and killed one of the attackers who was carrying an undetonated explosive belt after an exchange of fire and another was arrested.

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.

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Earlier this year at least 43 people were killed in twin bombings in Coptic churches in the cities of Alexandria and Tanta while they gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday.

Ahead of the January 6 Christmas celebrations, Egypt's security apparatus has been on high alert, deploying security personnel at churches across the country. Police have been stationed outside churches and in nearby streets across Cairo.

Cellphone footage posted on social media appeared to show gunman barely conscious, as people restrained his arms and then handcuffed him. Authorities have closed off the area around the church.

The Interior Ministry identified the attacker as Ibrahim Isma'il Isma'il Mustafa, 33, who according to the ministry has been involved in several prior terrorist attacks.

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