Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

At least 9 dead in church shooting near Cairo, Egypt

At least 9 dead in church shooting near Cairo, Egypt

ISIS had claimed a suicide bombing of a Cairo church in December 2016 followed by bombings of two churches north of the capital in April.

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.

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.

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 per cent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region.

A statement by the Interior Ministry said that Ismail had "attempted to attack another church near to the Mar Mina church, but he failed and ended up shooting two people in a shop next to it".

Two police officers were among those killed, reports said.

Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo, Egypt December 29, 2017.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has personally chaired meetings with his top security chiefs in recent days to discuss security during New Year's Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.

A video circulated on social media after the attack shows the dead gunman on the ground.

Al-Sisi said that he "is following the consequences of the terror attack closely".

Security forces later killed the gunman. It is centered in the turbulent northern part of Sinai but has also carried out attacks in the mainland.

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