Two Egyptian Policeman Killed During Attack on Church

2 policemen among 3 dead in Egypt church attack

The attack, according to Interior Ministry statement, claimed the lives of seven people, including one police conscript when a gunman opened fire outside the church.

The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said.

The second assailtant was captured soon after, Reuters reported.

A video circulated on social media after the attack apparently shows the dead gunman on the ground.

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Congealing blood could be seen at a guard post in front of the church.

Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, almost one incident per month. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has personally chaired meetings with his top security chiefs in recent days to discuss security during New Year's Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.

Egypt's state-run MENA news agency quoted an official anonymously as informing that the attack in Helwan was perpetrated by two attackers. "We stayed inside for 30 minutes before we were able to get out".

The attack occurred in the Helwan district - a city on the southern outskirts of Cairo, east of the Nile River.

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The militants are targeting mainly security personnel and Egypt's Coptic Christian minority.

"It's more continuity than change, we still need more details to come up, but so far Egypt has witnessed over 2,000 attacks in the last three years", he told Al Jazeera. The country has been under a state of emergency since April after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.

A bomb explodes in a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as worshippers depart a midnight mass, killing more than 20 people.

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