St Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai attacked
Officials said, one policeman has been killed by gunmen who
opened fire on a checkpoint near St Catherine’s monastery in
Egypt’s south Sinai
Another three police officers were injured in the attack several
hundred metres from the church entrance.
So-called Islamic State group said its fighters carried out the attack.
Located at the foot of Mount Sinai, St Catherine’s is one of the
oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a Unesco world
heritage site.It is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Tuesday’s attack came just days after bombings at two Coptic
Christian churches left 45 people dead.
The attacks have raised security fears ahead of a visit to Cairo by
Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Egypt’s Christian minority makes up about 10% of the pre-dominantly
Muslim country of 92 million people.