Incident Summary:

12/29/2017: Assailants opened fire on a Coptic Christian-owned bookstore in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt. At least two people were killed in the assault. This was one of two related attacks targeting Coptic Christians by the same assailants on this date. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Coptic Christian-owned Bookstore
Nationality of Target Egypt
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State in Egypt Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nine people killed in attacks on church, store in Cairo," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 29, 2017.
"Egypt: 10 killed in Cairo church attack by Daesh," Muslim News, December 30, 2017.
"ISIS claim responsibility for 'jihadist' gunman attack on a Coptic Christian bookshop and church in Cairo that killed nine," Mail Online UK, December 29, 2017.