Attack on Saint Menas church

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Attack on Saint Mena church
Location Helwan, Cairo, Egypt
Coordinates 29°51′01″N 31°19′19″E / 29.8503894°N 31.3218585°E / 29.8503894; 31.3218585
Date 29 December 2017 (UTC+2)
Target Coptic Christians
Attack type
Weapons Gun
Deaths 11
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrators

Islamic State

On December 29, 2017, in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt, a gunman opened fire at the Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Menas and a nearby shop owned by a Coptic man, killing ten citizens and a police officer and injuring around ten people.[1][2] He was wounded by police and arrested. Investigators said he had carried out several attacks in the last year.[3][2] Later, Amaq News Agency described that terrorist attack was carried out by a person belonging to the Islamic state.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in E". 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017 – via Reuters.
  3. ^ "Gunman attacks Cairo Christians". 29 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017 – via
  4. ^ "رسميًا.. داعش يُعلن مسؤوليته عن هجوم كنيسة مارمينا بحلوان". Retrieved 30 December 2017.