Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

  • Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

The attack began when the gunman tried to break through the security cordon outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said.

Cairo's security chief headed for the scene, local media reported.

Egyptian security members and forensic police inspect the site of a gun attack outside a church south of the capital Cairo, on December 29, 2017.

At least three people have been killed in an attack on a Coptic Christian church in Egypt this morning.

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.

At least three dead after gunman opens fire at Cairo church
Egypt attack: Gunman attacks church in southern Cairo

A video posted on social media purports to show Ismail roaming a deserted street before being struck by gunfire.

Cairo's state prosecutor said that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Egypt's Copts have been subject to several deadly attacks over the past few years, which has raised questions about the Egyptian state's ability to protect its Christian population from terrorist threats.

In May, gunmen ambushed a bus carrying a group of Coptic Christians to a monastery in the Minya region, about 150 miles south of Cairo, killing at least 30 people.

Investigators have identified the gunman, it said, adding that he had carried out several attacks since past year.

The attack on the church came a day after six Egyptian soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in the Sinai.