Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Helwan Church Attack

Egyptian security members and forensic police inspect the site of a gun attack outside a church south of the capital Cairo

Ten people have been killed in an attack outside a Coptic Christian church in southern Cairo, including a gunman, Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman says.

Through its Amaq media agency, IS stated that soldiers of "the Caliphate" attacked Christian worshipers and said one attacker was killed, according to security consulting firm and NBC News partner Flashpoint Intelligence.

Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo, Egypt December 29, 2017.

State television reported the second attacker was captured after fleeing the scene.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt's beleaguered Christian minority make up around 10% of the population. It was not clear how many assailants were involved.




Two gunmen opened fired outside the Marmina Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan, a neighborhood in south Cairo, Khaled Megahed told reporters.

Two police officers are thought to be among the dead.

Egypt's Coptic community has come under increasing attack by Islamist militants in recent years, prompting tighter security measures around churches and other sites.

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

Al-Sisi said that he "is following the consequences of the terror attack closely". Authorities have closed off the area around the church. It is centered in the turbulent northern part of Sinai but has also carried out attacks in the mainland.

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