Islamic attack against Coptic Christians pilgrims kills at least 7 in Egypt

Frederick Owens
November 3, 2018

Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Boulos Halim said the death toll was likely to rise.

The security officials said the attackers opened fire on the two buses carrying pilgrims from Bani Suef and Sohag provinces, also south of Cairo.

Screen capture from a video released by an Islamic State group affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula and threatening Egypt's Christian Coptic community, February 20, 2017.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a message via its propaganda agency Amaq.

IS killed more than 40 people in twin church bombings in April 2017 and a month later shot dead nearly 30 Christians in Minya province as they headed to a monastery on a bus.

Islamic terrorists on Friday ambushed a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, killing at least seven and wounding 12, the Interior Ministry said.

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The security forces moved to the scene to disclose the attack's circumstances, and ambulance vehicles arrived near the monastery to transfer the injured to hospitals, the source added, affirming that the perpetrators are being pursued.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Twitter he mourned the victims as martyrs and promised to rally ahead with a campaign against militants.

A young boy grieves next to the coffins of his parents who were killed during a bus attack, during their funeral service at Ava Samuel desert monastery in Minya, Egypt, May 26, 2017.

In April 2017, twin suicide bombings, claimed by Islamic State, targeted two Coptic churches, killing 48 people.

ISIL has repeatedly targeted Copts, a Christian minority that make up about 10 percent of Egypt's estimated 99 million people, in recent years. It said the attack was revenge for the imprisonment by Egyptian authorities of "our chaste sisters".

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