At least 10 people are killed in a conflict outside the Coptic church in Cairo.
Cairo – The attackers faced police with suspected terrorists outside a Coptic church in Cairo on Friday after attempting to break through security barriers to protect the site. An official said that at least 10 people were killed.
Khaled Megahed, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health of Egypt, said at least 10 people were killed in the shootout, in which eight Coptic Christians and a policeman were involved, the Associated Press reported. It was not clear that mortality was included in the attack, which was a strong shot.
Attack – The latest target of the Egyptian Coptic minority – began when gunmen on a motorcycle started firing outside the Mar Meena Church in the Halwan area of central Cairo, while some devotees were inside.
Citing the government’s official Mena news agency, Home Ministry, initially told that at least two attackers tried to enter the church. An attacker was killed and others escaped, the agency told
Egypt’s Coptic community had come under increasing attacks from Islamist insurgents in recent years, due to strong security measures around churches and other sites.
In May, the gunmen took a group of Captain Christians to a monastery in Mina area, which was about 150 miles from Cairo, at least 30 people were killed.
In April, two bomb blasts were targeted in Alexandria and Tanta, in which 49 people were killed. In December last, a bomb exploded in Cairo’s main cathedral, in which 29 people were killed.
In Cairo last week, hundreds of Muslim protesters worshiped a Christian Christian, who chanting anti-Christian slogans and demanding destruction of the site.
In Washington, Brian Murphy contributed to this report.