EGYPT’S SISI MOURNS VICTIMS OF CAIRO CHURCH TERROR ATTACK

CAIRO, Egypt, Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, mourned the victims of a terror attack that targeted Christian believers, outside a church in Cairo.

Such terrorist attacks will not weaken the determination of the Egyptian people, to purge Egypt of terrorism, Sisi said in a statement, released by the Egyptian presidency.

The Egyptian president thanked security men guarding the church, for their heroic role in foiling the terrorist attack, ordering all state bodies to provide all possible support for the families of the victims and the injured.

At least ten people were killed in a shootout, outside Mar Mina church, in Cairo district of Helwan, on Friday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. However, fingers are pointed at a Sinai-based group loyal to the Daesh group, which has killed dozens of Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the country’s 93 million population, across the country, over the past few years.

Eyewitnesses said, two masked militants on a motorcycle entered the street, leading to the western side of the church, then they got off and targeted the security post outside the church.

They added, the exchange of fire took around 20 minutes.

Egyptian Interior Ministry said, the attack was carried out by terrorists, affirming that one was killed and the other one was arrested.

Bomb-disposal team defused two bombs planted near the church, according to the ministry.

The arrested attacker carried a bomb, 150 bullets and an automatic gun, the Cairo Security Directorate, said.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef bin Ahmad al-Othaimeen expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the wounded.

In the meantime, the Orthodox Church announced that the funeral possession for the eight Coptic Christians who were killed in the attack will be held Friday, in St. Mary’s Church in Cairo.

They will be laid to rest in the cemeteries of Anba Barsoum’s monastery in Helwan district, the statement added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK