United Nations chief condemns attack on church near Cairo

Cellphone footage posted on social media appeared to show gunman barely conscious as people restrained his arms and then handcuffed him

The two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week, security sources said.

Two police officers were among those killed, reports said.

A video circulating on social media after Friday's attack apparently showed the gunman lying on the ground with his face covered in blood. One of the a tackers had been killed and the other captured by Egyptian security.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population, have long complained of discrimination in the Muslim-majority nation, and say authorities have often failed to protect them from sectarian attacks. The demonstrators shouted anti-Christian slogans and called for the church's demolition, the diocese in the area said at the time. Isis also claimed responsibility last week for firing an anti-tank missile at a helicopter at an airport in northern Sinai as the defence and interior ministers were visiting. The demonstrators destroyed the church's contents and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel arrived and dispersed them.

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US President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Friday and offered his condolences to the Egyptian people after the terrorist attack that took place in Helwan, south of Cairo. At least two people were reportedly killed in that attack. On Palm Sunday in April, terrorists staged an explosion in the main church of the city of Tanta, where about 30 people died.

Security forces went on high alert for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The local IS affiliate has claimed responsibility for all the bombings targeting Christians. No suspects have been named and the case remains unresolved.

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