Two gunmen killed at least 10 people during an attack targeting a Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.
Two gunmen opened fire at the entrance of the church of Mar Mina, leaving 10 dead, reported the BBC. At least three of those killed were police officers.
“Egypt’s interior ministry says a gunman killed at least two people at a shop. They were identified by Egypt’s Coptic church as Christians,” reported Daniel Estrin for NPR, adding that. “The interior ministry says the gunman then tried to break through a security checkpoint in front of a church. He opened fire, killing a policeman and at least six others whom the Coptic church identified as church members.”
The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on a church. We offer condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for speedy recovery for those wounded. The U.S stands steadfastly with the people of Egypt in the face of such cowardly attacks.
— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) December 29, 2017
One of the attackers was killed and explosive devices were found in his clothes. The other attacker was captured. More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt so far, this year.
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