2 policemen among 3 dead in Egypt church attack

At least three dead after gunman opens fire at Cairo church

An attack on a church south of Cairo killed at least three people on Friday and an attacker was shot dead by security forces, security sources said.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

A local news organization has shared graphic footage of a man lying bloodied in the road, who it claims is one of the attackers.

The Christian minority has been regularly targeted by Islamist extremists such as Isis in recent years. Including the dead attacker, at least three people were involved in the terrorist squad.

"There are two issues, one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013".


Two police officers are thought to be among the dead.

The attack came amid tightened security around churches and Christian facilities ahead of the Coptic Orthodox Christian celebrations of Christmas on January 7. The Egyptian Ministry of Defense has said it will mobilize troops to augment the 200,000 police deployed at more than 2,600 churches around Egypt for the Christmas celebration.

A video posted on social media purports to show Ismail roaming a deserted street before being struck by gunfire. The Interior Ministry said he was wounded and arrested but made no mention of his death, which was reported by the Health Ministry. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also offered his condolences to the families and ordered security forces to increase safety measures at sensitive sites, his office said in a statement.

The jihadists are believed to have also carried out a massacre of Muslim worshippers in Sinai last month, killing more than 300 in an attack on a mosque associated with the mystical Sufi strand of Islam which IS views as heretical.

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