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9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic church

CAIRO (BP) -- Gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded several others leaving a Christmas season worship service south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Morning Star News. Two gunmen on a motorbike attacked St. Menas "Mar Mina" Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Eight of those killed were Christians, officials said, and some of the wounded were in critical condition. Coptic Orthodox Christians fear more attacks as they approach Christmas, which they celebrate Jan. 7.