30 Dec '17, 3am

Coptic church attacked by Islamic State loyalist, group says | FDD's Long War Journal

A gunman riding a motorcycle attacked the Coptic Church of Mar Mina in the southern Helwan suburb of Cairo earlier today. Initial casualty reports indicate at least nine people, including a policeman, were killed in the shootout that followed. According to Reuters , Egypt’s interior ministry says that a jihadist attempted to crash through the security outside of the church “in order to throw an explosive device.” Egyptian officials have also tied the assault to an earlier shooting on a “Christian-owned shop ” just three miles or so away. Two people were killed at the store. Within hours, the Islamic State had claimed responsibility, saying that a “covert unit” had “assaulted a gathering of Christians inside” the church. One of the attackers “attained martyrdom.” Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the so-called caliphate, subsequently released a video of the supposed “ma...

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