A group of armed men yesterday afternoon attacked the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo's "October 6" district of the governorate of Giza, the Asia News website reports today (January 31, 2014).
Police responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others were injured. The residents were able to stop the car carrying the attackers and handed one of them to the authorities. His accomplice was arrested a few hours later by officers.
The two attackers are Mohamed Abdel-Hamid and Ahmad Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, both active in Islamic extremist groups.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II condemned the attack and sent a message of condolences to the relatives of the murdered policeman.