On Friday, a gunman killed nine people and wounded others, including a police officer, in a shooting attack outside the Egyptian Coptic church of Saint Mina in Helwan south of Cairo. ISIS has since claimed the attack. The gunman, a wanted jihadist, was not shot dead as first reported but wounded and arrested. He was armed with an assault rifle, 150 rounds of ammunition and a bomb he intended to set off inside the church, the Egyptian interior ministry said. But he was prevented from gaining entry by a police guard. Before heading for the church, the gunmen shot up a Coptic-owned store. More than 100 Christians have died in the past year from ISIS attacks.
The Islamic States’ propaganda machine Amaq also took responsibility for Wednesday’s explosion at a St. Petersburg supermarket which left 13 people injured. President Vladimir Putin later called it a terrorist attack.