terrorist attack targeted a church in egypts helwan
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Last Updated : GMT 07:25:12
Arab Today, arab today

Five Copts killed

terrorist attack targeted a church in Egypt's Helwan

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today terrorist attack targeted a church in Egypt's Helwan

Attack on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo’s Helwan.
Cairo - Mina Guirguis

Gunmen killed at least five people including three policemen in an attack on a Coptic Christian church south of Cairo’s Helwan district on Friday, medical and security sources said. The two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week, security sources said.

One attacker was shot dead by security forces, the sources and the state-run news agency MENA reported. State television said the second had been captured. A video circulated on social media after the attack apparently shows the gunman lying on the ground.

The Health Ministry said that nine people had been killed in addition to the gunman, and five wounded, including two women in serious condition. Local media said the dead attacker had been wearing an explosive belt, and that two other bombs had been defused near the church.

Extremists have claimed several attacks on Egypt's Christian minority in recent years, including two bomb attacks on Palm Sunday in April and a blast at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral last December.

Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of the Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.

The two militants got off a motorbike and approached a security booth guarding the church, opening fire on security personnel, killing a policeman and injuring another officer, a security source told Egypt Today. Ten ambulances headed to the scene of the accident, transferred the injured and the dead to Helwan General Hospital, Al-Nasr Hospital and the Military Production Hospital.

The attempt attack was thwarted amid high security measures implemented nationwide by the Ministry of Interior ahead of Christmas celebrations in Egypt. All security service departments had made the necessary arrangements to make Christmas celebrations safe and joyous for all Egyptians, the source stated.

The ministry confirmed the importance of intensifying the presence of security forces around public areas and places of worship to be able to deal immediately and decisively with any attempt to disturb the holiday celebrations of Egypt's citizens.

According to the security plans, security forces will apply 800-meter “safe areas” around churches and provide explosive detection devices to counter any attempts to target places of worship, the source added.

Security forces will implement security procedures for all 2,326 churches in Egypt, including all 1,326 Orthodox churches, 1,100 Protestant churches and 200 Catholic churches.

 

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

terrorist attack targeted a church in egypts helwan terrorist attack targeted a church in egypts helwan

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

terrorist attack targeted a church in egypts helwan terrorist attack targeted a church in egypts helwan

 



Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 13:47 2016 Tuesday ,19 January

Oman closes border crossings with Yemen

GMT 09:13 2017 Wednesday ,09 August

Fati Jamali intensifies her drama activities

GMT 20:01 2016 Wednesday ,17 August

Son of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman kidnapped

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 11:52 2016 Monday ,10 October

’He’s a dog’ — De Niro blasts Trump

GMT 17:24 2016 Tuesday ,02 August

Donald Trump wins — as top joke target

GMT 12:03 2016 Tuesday ,04 October

Tax fossil fuels or risk kids' future

GMT 14:15 2017 Tuesday ,18 April

Among top 10 Bentley markets

GMT 08:59 2017 Friday ,14 April

Mataboul stresses Algeria'a need

GMT 17:41 2015 Friday ,22 May

Lamborghini joins Nürburgring club

GMT 08:36 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Al Qawasimi refuses foreign interference

GMT 08:16 2017 Wednesday ,08 November

Zeina Ashour travelled after visit to Lebanon

GMT 19:38 2017 Sunday ,05 November

Multiple casualties in shooting at Texas church

GMT 08:12 2017 Wednesday ,25 October

Actor Hassan Al Radad reveals his role in “Karma”

GMT 04:52 2017 Sunday ,22 October

X Factor Style Director assistant update

GMT 17:43 2018 Wednesday ,05 December

Art of Azerbaijan carpets fascinates South Koreans
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday