Gunman attacks Coptic church in Egypt

2 policemen among 3 dead in Egypt church attack

Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman says at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, have been killed in a shootout outside a south Cairo church.

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

Two men on a motorcycle opened fire and tried to storm the Mar Mina church in Helwan City on Friday, which led to a shootout between the attackers and security officers, according to Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman.

Authorities reported at least nine people dead, among them three police officers.

At least two people were reportedly killed in that attack.

Security officials said the exchange of fire also injured five other people, including two women who are in a serious condition.

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Coptic Christians in Egypt have been under attack by extremist organisations in various incidents.

One of the assailants was shot dead, while the other fled, according to initial reports.

A video circulating on social media after Friday's attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood. Authorities have closed off the area around the church. Isis also claimed responsibility last week for firing an anti-tank missile at a helicopter at an airport in northern Sinai as the defence and interior ministers were visiting.

On Friday night, bodies of the six victims from the bloody attack arrived at the district's archbishopric for the official funeral, covered with Egyptian flags and were received by their families, while a number of official figures were present. More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year - most attacks claimed by the local branch of the so-called Islamic State group.

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo claimed by IS kills 30 people and wounds dozens during Sunday Mass in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. "There are two issues one is the political crisis in Egypt which unfolded after 2013". No suspects have been named and the case remains unresolved.

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