Egypt says 10 killed in attack outside Cairo church

Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo Egypt

Earlier reports by security sources and state media said at least two attackers were involved, and that one was shot dead and another fled the scene.

At least nine people are dead after two gunmen attacked the Mari Mina Church in Egypt's capital on Friday, authorities said. Those wounded include two women in critical condition, he added.

The ISIS group's affiliate in Egypt has killed dozens of Christians in church bombings and shootings over the past year, and has threatened further attacks against the minority.

Security forces have beefed up security around churches ahead of the Coptic celebrations, deploying policemen to guard churches and installing metal detectors at some larger churches.

Strong condemnation:Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb strongly condemned the treacherous terrorist attack, saying that such terrorist attacks that target the Copts during their holidays are only aimed at disrupting the harmony of the nation with its Muslims and Copts and to threaten its unity.




In a statement from his spokesman, the Secretary-General extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Egypt and wishes a swift recovery to those who have been injured.

Word leaders have been condemning the heinous attack and deemed it to contradict all heavenly religions and human values. The incident took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it.

Trump "condemned the attack and reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism", the White House says in a statement. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same neighborhood of Helwan that killed two Copts. Attacks pick up in the aftermath of Egypt's Arab Spring uprising that begins weeks later, then even more so after the army overthrows an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013.

Trump asserted Washington's full support for Cairo in its fight against terrorism, said presidential spokesman Bassam Rady. He stressed the necessity to collaborate in worldwide efforts to combat terrorism, added the spokesman.

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