Cairo shooting: Gunman opens fire at Coptic Church in Egypt's capital

At least three people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a Coptic Christian church in Egypt.

The Islamic State asserted responsibility for Friday's assault.

Two police officers were among those killed, reports said.

The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, condemned firmly on Saturday the "heinous terror attack" on the church in Helwan city, southern Cairo, on Friday. A suicide vest or explosive belt was found on the dead attacker, indicating a far more devastating atrocity was planned.

At least three people have reportedly been killed after an attack on a church south of Cairo, according to reports.

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

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Cairo's state prosecutor said that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 per cent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region.

Police protection for Coptic churches has increased ahead of Coptic Christmas, which is celebrated on January 7.

A month later, ISIS gunmen shot dead about 30 Christians south of Cairo as they travelled to a monastery. It is centered in the turbulent northern part of Sinai but has also carried out attacks in the mainland.

The Interior Ministry identified the attacker as Ibrahim Isma'il Isma'il Mustafa, 33, who according to the ministry has been involved in several prior terrorist attacks. At least eight policemen were killed in the May 2016 attack.

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