At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire outside a church in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman said Friday.
One attacker was killed and another has fled the scene on a motorbike, the statement added.
A gunman fired at worshippers and Egyptian police stationed outside a Coptic Orthodox church near Cairo and killed nine people before being wounded and arrested.
Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo, Egypt December 29, 2017.
Egyptian authorities are calling the attack a foiled attempt - as they say the gunmen had explosives that could have made the attack even deadlier. Two other bombs were defused near the church. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt's embattled Christian minority.
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The Times notes another incident was reported on Friday involving a gun attack in Helwan at an appliance shop owned by a Copt.
A video circulated on social media after the attack apparently shows the gunman lying on the ground.
No group has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack.
Authorities have shut off the area around the church.
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Egypt's Interior Ministry referred to only one, but the Coptic Orthodox church mentioned "gunmen".
One attacker was shot dead by security forces, the sources and the state-run news agency Mena reported.
Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, almost one incident per month.
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Furthermore, President Sisi received a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump, who offered condolences over the victims of a terrorist attack in Cairo.
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