Egypt Coptic Church Shooting: 4 Killed and 9 Wounded

El Warraq church EgyptEgypt Coptic Christian church shooting leaves Egyptians in shock and rage. On Sunday, as people were leaving the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael church in El Warraq al-Hadar, Giza, after a wedding party, two masked gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on them. Four were killed, among them an 8-year-old girl, Mariam Ashraf. The two men who have been shot died immediately while the woman, Camellia Helmy, died on her way to the hospital.

Dr. Khalid Al-Khatib, head of Central Department of critical care and urgent surgery, announced that more than 18 people were wounded most of them in critical condition and in need of blood transfusion. Al-Khatib also estimated that the number of wounded would rise.

The atmosphere in El Warraq area is tense, with Copts storming into the streets, blocking roads and chanting Christian anthems, challenging the government to arrest the killers.

Police reports suggest that the shooting may be another terrorist attack, aimed by the Islamist extremists toward churches and Christians.

Egyptian police are searching for the gunmen behind the horrifying massacre amidst a turbulent political situation.

Written by: Jaylan Salah

BBC Report

Ministry of Health report (Arabic link)

Egypt Independent

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