One police sergeant killed in shooting at church

One policeman was killed in 6th of October City on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on a church.

Two assailants opened fire on the Church of the Virgin Mary in 6th October, leaving one policeman, Sergeant Mohamed Taha Sayed, dead and another injured. The Ministry of Interior said that a black car stopped in front of the church and opened fire on the forces that were guarding it.

An exchange of gunfire followed and security forces managed to apprehend two of the shooters.

The rate of attacks on churches has rapidly increased following former president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.

In October assailants opened fire on a church in the Giza neighbourhood of Al-Warraq during a wedding, leaving five dead.

Interim president Adly Mansour issued a decree earlier this month that formed a fact-finding committee tasked with documenting information and evidence regarding outbreaks of violence that have occurred since Morsi’s ouster. Sectarian attacks fall under the scope of the committee, which is scheduled to present its findings to the presidency within six months.

Additional reporting by Joel Gulhane

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