Gunmen kill 12 in Cairo church

Randolph Lopez
December 30, 2017

At least nine people are dead after two gunmen attacked the Mari Mina Church in Egypt's capital on Friday, authorities said.

The security forces were able to capture one of the attackers after shooting him, managed to defuse an explosive belt that was fasten around the militant's chest, while the other one fled the scene, the ministry said.

Including the dead attacker, at least three people were involved in the terrorist squad.

Several security sources and local media earlier reported three policemen had been killed.

Two gunmen opened fired outside the Marmina Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan, a neighborhood in south Cairo, Khaled Megahed told reporters.

Among those killed were eight Christians and a Muslim, officials said.

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

Also, the Italian Embassy in Egypt strongly condemned Friday's heinous attack in Helwan.

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are frequently targeted in Egypt.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Authorities have closed off the area around the church. More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year - most attacks claimed by the local branch of the so-called Islamic State group. It showcased a deadly December attack on the church adjacent to Cairo's Saint Mark's Cathedral. The high death toll serves as a grim reminder of the difficulties of Egypt's struggle to restore security and stability after almost six years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising. "There are two issues one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013". The elderly mother of the aforementioned man was stripped naked and dragged through a street by a mob to humiliate her. No suspects have been named and the case remains unresolved.

Smartphone users have begun posting footage of the attack online.

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