Egyptian Christians killed in shootout outside church

CAIRO — At least 9 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed in a shootout outside a church and at a nearby store owned by a Christian in a Cairo suburb, Egypt’s Health Ministry said Friday. It was the latest attack targeting the majority Muslim country’s embattled Christian minority.

The attack outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina left at least five others wounded, including two critically, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said.

The gunman was also killed, along with at least one police officer, officials said. The shootout took place when a gunman on a motorcycle tried to break through the security cordon set up outside the church, said the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police. An explosive device was in the assailant’s possession when arrested, it added. read more