CAIRO - Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead three people late Sunday, including an eight-year-old girl, as they fired on a group outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry said.
The attack was the first such assault targeting Christians in the Egyptian capital since the military coup that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
It targeted a group of people who had emerged from the church in north Cairo's Al-Warak neighbourhood after attending a wedding, the ministry said.
It said an eight-year-old girl, a woman and a man were killed and nine others were wounded in the attack.
"There were two men on a motorbike and one of them opened fire," said the interior ministry.
A health ministry official confirmed three people had been killed but said 12 people had in fact been wounded.
Ahmed al-Ansari from the health ministry told AFP that four of the 12 were in a critical condition, adding the number of wounded could rise.
Egyptian Christians, the majority of whom are Copts, have been targeted since the ouster of Morsi and in particular since an August 14 crackdown by security forces on two Cairo camps of Morsi's Islamist supporters.
Islamists were enraged by the deadly crackdown and they accuse Coptic Chrisitians of backing the coup that toppled Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood and was Egypt's first democratically elected president.