Death toll of Al-Warraq church attack rises to 5

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 Oct 2013

Death of Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, in intensive care since Sunday, brings Al-Adra church attack causalities to 5

The death toll of Al-Warraq's Al-Adra church attack has increased to five, security officials told Al-Ahram's Arabic website.

Officials say Mohamed Ibrahim Ali died on Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head and foot. Another 17 remain injured from Sunday's attack.

Ali was admitted to intensive care after unknown assailants opened fire late on Sunday at a wedding ceremony in the working-class Giza district of Al-Warraq. Four others were killed in the attack, including an 8-year-old girl.

Ali is the first Muslim casualty from Sunday's shooting, which appears to have targeted Christians.

Also on Thursday, Al-Warraq's prosecution proceeded with an investigatory hearing on the police conscripts responsible for guarding the church.

The investigation has revealed that security forces stopped protecting the church in mid-August due to a lack of weapons, the prosecution said.

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