At least five people have been killed after gunmen opened fire outside a church in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
An attacker was shot dead by security forces before he was able to get into the Coptic church in the Helwan district on the outskirts of the city, sources said.
A second attacker was involved in the attempted siege, according to state-run news agency MENA.
It is believed he fled the scene and was being chased.
Two of the victims have been identified as police officers, the Interior Ministry said, but it was not immediately clear whether the gunman was one of the three to have died.
Initial reports suggested that five security guards were injured in the shooting at the Mar Mina church.
A picture showing the body of the gunman shows him sprawled out on the street and wearing a bulky ammunition vest.
Authorities have closed off the area around the church.
An Egyptian terrorist group linked to Isis has targeted churches in a number of attacks against Christians this year.
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