Oman condemns terrorist attack on church in Egypt

Oman has condemned the terrorist attack on the  Marmarin Church in the city of Helwan, south of Cairo, on Friday, in which a number of innocent people were killed and injured.   The Sultanate expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and their wishes for the speedy recovery, confirming their solidarity and standing alongside the Arab Republic of Egypt.

A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said.

Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.