One killed in Daesh attack near St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt

Published April 19th, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
A picture taken on April 16, 2017 shows a general view of the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's south Sinai, where a policeman was killed and three others wounded on April 18, 2017. (AFP/Pedro Costa Gomes)
A picture taken on April 16, 2017 shows a general view of the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's south Sinai, where a policeman was killed and three others wounded on April 18, 2017. (AFP/Pedro Costa Gomes)

A policeman was killed and four others injured Tuesday when gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt, the Health Ministry said.

The Islamic State [Daesh] claimed responsibility for the attack and bombings at two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday that killed 45 people.

St. Catherine's is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church and a UNESCO World Heritage site visited by thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year.

The incidents have raised security fears ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to Cairo at the end of this month.

Egypt's Christian minority comprises about 10% of the predominantly Muslim country of 92 million people.


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