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At least nine dead as gunman opens fire during morning prayers in Cairo church

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At least nine people are dead after a gunman wearing an explosive vest opened fire at a church in Cairo, before being shot and killed by police.

Egypt’s interior ministry said two officers were killed in the attack, with a further five security guards also injured, according to an Al-Arabiya reporter.

Two attackers opened fire at the entrance to the church of Mar Mina in Helwan district, which was being guarded by police in the run-up to Orthodox Christmas celebrations next week, security sources said.

Police also diffused two bombs nearby.

One attacker was shot dead by security forces, the sources and the state-run news agency MENA reported. State television said the second had been captured.

The Health Ministry said that nine people had been killed on Friday in addition to the gunman, and five wounded, including two women in serious condition.

An image of the alleged gunman’s body was published on Al-Ahram newspaper’s website, showing a bearded man wearing what appears to be an ammunition vest.

Local media said the dead attacker had been wearing an explosive belt, and that two other bombs had been defused near the church.

Sirens were heard in central Cairo immediately after the incident.

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

The church is thought to be a place of worship for Egypt’s Coptic Christians, the largest religious minority in the country, accounting for around 10% of its 93 million inhabitants.

Earlier this year, ISIS claimed responsibility for two bomb blasts which killed dozens of churchgoers celebrating Palm Sunday in Egypt.

A bomb exploded inside a church in Tanta, before a suicide bomber was said to have targeted a Coptic church in the northern city of Alexandria.

At least 47 people are said to have died in the attacks.

And a bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 in December 2016, many of them women and children, in another of the deadliest attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority in years.

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Nigeria: Council of State reaches final pegs new minimum wage at 27,000

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The National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage.



The national council approved the sum during an ongoing meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance former presidents like Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among others.

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Nollywood actor, Ishow Larry is dead

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Nollywood actor, Adewale Olarenwaju fondly called ‘Ishow Larry’ has been announced dead.




Ishow Larry was said to have been briefly ill before he suddenly died on January 21, 2019.

A friend, Olatubosun Abegunde, lamented his demise on Facebook.

Late Ishow Larry began his career as a makeup artist in the industry before becoming an actor and produced his own movies including “Ole“, “Agbara” and others.

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He wrote: “Its so sadden to announce the death of this my troublesome friend Olanrewaju Ishow Larry … The Producer of OLE and many more … He featured in one of my Movies, Oje Laye … Heaven knows I can’t stop mourning over your death .. May Your Gentle Soul Rest In Perfect Peace..”

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