9 dead after gunmen attack Egypt church in terror attack

Cellphone footage posted on social media appeared to show gunman barely conscious as people restrained his arms and then handcuffed him

Cellphone footage posted on social media appeared to show gunman barely conscious as people restrained his arms and then handcuffed him

No one has claimed responsibility as of Friday morning, but the Islamic State has largely claimed responsibility for previous attacks on Christian churches in Egypt.

The spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that at least six people were killed in the attack including five Copts and a policeman.

Coptic churches in Egypt are often attacked.

The two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week, security sources said.

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

Local media reported at least three policemen were killed in exchange of fire.

A witness who did not want to give his name said a policeman was killed while he was closing the church gate to stop the gunman getting in.

President Donald Trump is condemning an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt Friday.

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Egypt's state-run MENA news agency, citing an unnamed Interior Ministry official, said the other assailant fled the scene and was being pursued.

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

Coptic Christians in Egypt have been faced several attacks by extremist organisations.

A video circulating on social media after Friday's attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood.

The local affiliate of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack at a Cairo church that left at least nine people dead.

Authorities have shut off the area around the church. "There are two issues one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013". A Muslim mob stabs 27-year old Coptic Christian Fam Khalaf to death in the southern City of Minya over a personal feud.

A bomb explodes in a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as worshippers depart a midnight mass, killing more than 20 people.

Smartphone users have begun posting footage of the attack online.

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