At least 10 killed after gunman openfire outside Coptic church in Cairo

At least 10 people, including one gunman, were shot dead Friday morning outside a Coptic church in south Cairo, according to Egyptian health minister spokesman. 

Two gunmen opened fired outside the Marmina Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan, a neighborhood in south Cairo, Khaled Megahed told reporters.

One of the assailants was shot dead, while the other fled, according to initial reports.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

Two police officers were among those killed, reports said.

Officials said the exchange of gunfire also injured at least five other people.

A priest reacts at the site of attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo, Egypt.  (REUTERS)

A video circulated on social media after the attack shows the dead gunman on the ground. Authorities have closed off the area around the church.

The spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that at least six people were killed in the attack including five Copts and a policeman. It also said there was a separate attack on a store in the same neighborhood of Helwan that killed two Copts.

Islamist militants have claimed several attacks on Egypt’s large 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 that killed 28 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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