Police officers killed in shooting outside Egypt church

At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt. The gunman was later shot dead and

The church attack is part of a "ongoing crisis" in Egypt, said Omar Ashour, a professor of security studies at the Doha Institute.

Egypt's state-run MENA news agency quoted an official anonymously as informing that the attack in Helwan was perpetrated by two attackers.

Egyptian authorities are calling the attack a foiled attempt - as they say the gunmen had explosives that could have made the attack even deadlier.

At least 10 people, including one gunman, were shot dead Friday morning outside a Coptic church in south Cairo, according to Egyptian health minister spokesman.

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire outside the church and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, in the latest attack targeting the country's embattled Christian minority.


Cellphone footage posted on social media appeared to show the bearded gunman wearing a bulky ammunition vest sprawled on a street, barely conscious, as people restrained his arms and then handcuffed him.

As security forces have become more hard to target, it has increasingly attacked civilians instead.The latest attack comes a day after six Egyptian soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in the Sinai. One of the assailants fled the attack site and is being pursued by the security forces. The church also issued a statement confirming one policeman and seven civilians dead. Islamist militants have claimed several attacks on Egypt's large Christian minority in recent years, including two bombings on Palm Sunday in April and a blast at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people.

Egypt imposed a state of emergency following the church attacks and shootings, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi demanded the army quell the jihadists with "brutal force" following the mosque massacre.

Last week, IS claimed responsibility for firing an antitank missile at a helicopter in a North Sinai airport as the defense and interior ministers were visiting.

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