Attack on Saint Menas church

Attack on Saint Mena church
Location Helwan, Cairo, Egypt
Coordinates 29°51′01″N 31°19′19″E / 29.8503894°N 31.3218585°E / 29.8503894; 31.3218585
Date 29 December 2017 (UTC+2)
Target Coptic Christians
Attack type
Weapons Gun
Deaths 11
Non-fatal injuries
Suspected perpetrators

Islamic State

On December 29, 2017, in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt, a gunman opened fire at the Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Menas and a nearby shop owned by a Coptic man, killing ten citizens and a police officer and injuring around ten people.[1][2] He was wounded by police and arrested. Investigators said he had carried out several attacks in the last year.[3][2] Later, Amaq News Agency described that terrorist attack was carried out by a person belonging to the Islamic state.[4]


  1. "Mass funeral to be held for Helwan church victims: Coptic Orthodox Church - Egypt Independent". 29 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in E". 30 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017 via Reuters.
  3. "Gunman attacks Cairo Christians". 29 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017 via
  4. "رسميًا.. داعش يُعلن مسؤوليته عن هجوم كنيسة مارمينا بحلوان". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
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