Bystanders, Not Police, Stopped Bigger Bloodbath at Cairo Christian Church

Trevor Jackson
January 1, 2018

The gunman fired at the church and a neighboring Christian-owned shop on Friday, killing at least 11 people, security and church sources said.

"This year's celebrations will be held at the Coptic Church in the new administrative capital, as coordination taking place now between the Church's delegation and authorities in the new proposed capital.", added Halem.

Investigators have identified the gunman, it said, adding that he had carried out several attacks since past year.

Bystanders and residents, not police, may have prevented a bigger bloodbath during Friday's terror attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, eyewitnesses say. This is the latest attack on the Christian minority in Egypt, which has recently been under attack from extremist Islamic militants.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, along with several other terrorist attacks on Coptic Christians over the a year ago in in Egypt, resulting in the deaths of more than 100.

At an hour that Sama'an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. One gunman was shot dead as was a security officer, he said.

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State-run MENA news agency reported that the other gunman fled the scene.

Moustafa is believed to have taken part in the attack on the vehicle in the (microbus) Helwan police station in 2016; the attack left an officer dead.

Egyptian security forces shot one of the attackers, who opened fire in a Church South of Cairo, Ahram Online quoted the official representative of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same neighborhood of Helwan that killed two Copts. The police had said it shot dead the terrorist before he could break into the church.

Accounts of Friday's events are conflicting; Egypt's Interior Ministry cites just one attacker - a revision of initial reports which claimed that two attackers were involved and that 12 people had been killed.

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

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