United Nations chief condemns attack on church near Cairo

Trevor Jackson
December 30, 2017

The interior ministry said in a statement in the afternoon that it arrested an attacker who attempted to drive through security forces outside the church armed with a machinegun, ammunition and a bomb that he meant to detonate in the church.

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.

Twelve people have been killed in a gun attack outside a Coptic Christian church near the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Security forces have put checkpoints in place around the capital in response to the attacks.

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Egypt has killed dozens of Christians in church bombings and shootings over the past year.

Eleven people were killed in all, including a policeman at the church, according to Interior Ministry and Coptic Church accounts.

Medical and security sources said six of the dead were church-goers and three were police.

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Security forces went on high alert for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Egyptian security officials say two policemen have been shot dead in an attack outside a church in a south Cairo suburb.

Earlier, security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said two police were killed. The Interior Ministry said he opened fire at the entrance to the site and tried to throw an explosive device.

The officials said a gunman opened fire outside a Coptic church before he was shot dead himself.

One attacker was killed and another has fled the scene on a motorbike, the statement said.

A video circulated on social media after the attack apparently shows the dead gunman on the ground.

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