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Gunmen Kill 3 Outside Church in Cairo Suburb

Egyptians gather at a Coptic Christian church in the Waraa neighborhood of Cairo late Sunday, October 20, 2013, after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on wedding guests gathered outside.Egyptians gather at a Coptic Christian church in the Waraa neighborhood of Cairo late Sunday, October 20, 2013, after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on wedding guests gathered outside.
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Egyptians gather at a Coptic Christian church in the Waraa neighborhood of Cairo late Sunday, October 20, 2013, after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on wedding guests gathered outside.
Egyptians gather at a Coptic Christian church in the Waraa neighborhood of Cairo late Sunday, October 20, 2013, after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on wedding guests gathered outside.
Reuters
Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Egyptian wedding guests outside a Coptic Christian church in a Cairo suburb on Sunday night, killing three people, security sources said.

The masked assailants shot randomly at the people as they left the church, the sources said. It was not immediately clear if those killed were Christians, they said.

State news agency MENA reported that one of the dead was an eight-year-old child.

A Coptic priest at the wedding told Reuters he was inside the church when gunfire broke out. Thomas Daoud Ibrahim said he rushed outside to find a dead man, a dead woman, and "many injured."

Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, and have generally coexisted peacefully with majority Sunni Muslims for centuries, despite bouts of sectarian tension.

But the army's overthrow of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3 has been followed by some of the worst attacks against Christians in years.

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