At least three people have been killed in an attack on a Coptic Christian church in Egypt this morning.
The local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack late Friday, saying it was carried out by a "security detail" and that one of its men was "martyred" in the strike. Including the dead attacker, at least three people were involved in the terrorist squad.
They have increasingly targeted civilians as attacks on the security forces have become more hard.
Police inspect the site of an attack on a church in the Helwan district south of Cairo, Egypt December 29, 2017.
A boy holds yellow tape surrounding the site in front of Mar Mina church, in Helwan, Cairo on December 29, 2017.More news: Patriots down Jets to secure home field advantage in playoffs
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He then proceeded to attack the Mar Mina church, leaving nine dead, "before security forces wounded and arrested him, confiscating his weapon", the ministry statement said.
Al-Sisi said that he "is following the consequences of the terror attack closely".
Security officials said the exchange of fire also injured five other people, including two women who are in a serious condition. Sirens were heard in central Cairo as the incident was first reported.
"The shooting began at 10:30 a.m. and carried on for more than 15 minutes". It was the latest attack targeting Egypt's embattled Christian minority. "There was more than one attacker", Mohammed Hussein Abdelhadi, who lives close to the church, told Reuters. At least eight policemen were killed in the May 2016 attack.