Egypt’s interim Prime Minister has condemned an attack outside a Cairo Coptic church that killed three people, including an 8-year-old girl, pledging police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in a statement on Monday that the attack on Sunday night was a “callous and criminal act”.

The attack took place in the Waraa neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, when masked gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic church, killing a man, a woman and the child.

Since a popularly-backed military coup ousted the country’s Islamist President in July, there have been stepped-up attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christians and their churches.

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