Egypt says 10 killed in attack outside Cairo church

Police have been killed in a shooting in Egypt sources said

Egypt's state-run Mena news agency, citing an official at the Interior Ministry, said Friday's attack in the Helwan neighbourhood was carried out by two assailants; one of them fled the scene and was being chased.

The last reported attack on Egypt's historic minority took place on December 11 after a bomb went off at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral, leaving at least 22 people dead and 35 wounded.

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

Five terrorists, including one with attached explosives to the body, attacked a church near Cairo on Friday morning, according to the newspaper Al-Watan.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region.

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"Once the gunfire was heard, the gates were closed immediately", she told The Associated Press over the phone. At least one senior officer was killed and two wounded in that attack, which pointed to an unusually high level of intelligence available to the militants. At least two people were reportedly killed in that attack.

They announced plans to deploy rapid-reaction forces and electronic jamming equipment earlier this week to protect festivities around the New Year and Coptic Christmas on 7 January. The operation to detain two other attackers is underway.

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are frequently targeted in Egypt.

A Muslim mob ransacks and torches seven Christian homes in Minya after rumors spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman.

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