Jihadist’ Gunman Kills Nine As He Attacks A Coptic Christian Bookshop And Church

At least nine people have been killed after an armed man opened fire on a Coptic Christian church and a bookshop near the nation’s capital, Cairo, according to Egypt’s health ministry.

An attacker tried to enter Mar Mina Church in Helwan city, south of Cairo, on Friday. The man also attacked a Coptic shop, killing two.

The gunman was already wanted over attacks on police, first targeted a Coptic owned bookshop killing two before moving on to the church and slaughtering seven more.

It comes in the wake of a series of massacres at Coptic Christian churches carried out by ISIS in recent years.

Coptic Christians are one of four groups that are consistently targeted, Ashour said. Sufi Muslims are a more recent group, and to “a certain degree” the targeting of the Egyptian military and police officers.

News media personnel were another target.

But there is no counter-extremism strategy to battle these groups.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has frequently targeted Egyptian Coptic Christians this year.

Egypt’s Christian minority makes up about 10 percent of the country’s population.

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