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2 Nov, 2018 13:30

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

At least seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in an attack on a bus taking Coptic Christians to a monastery in Minya, Egypt. Islamic State terrorists later claimed responsibility.

Heavy gunfire reportedly broke out as a bus carrying Coptic Christian pilgrims was on its way to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor.

A graphic video purportedly showing the aftermath of the attack has been circulating on social media.

A similar attack occurred in 2017, when masked gunmen opened fire on a bus convoy carrying Copts to the same monastery, killing 28 people and injuring 22.

Following the attack, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi vowed to press forward with his campaign against the Islamist militants on the Sinai Peninsula. “I wish a speedy recovery to the injured and assert our determination to fight dark terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators,” he said in a Twitter post.

Islamic State's (IS/ISIS/ISIL) propaganda arm later claimed responsibility, according to AFP.

Coptic Christians have been repeatedly targeted by terrorists. In August, a would-be suicide bomb attack against Copts in Cairo was thwarted after the attacker’s explosive device detonated en route to a Christian church, killing only himself. But other attacks carried out by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) have been far more deadly.

In 2016, at least 25 people were killed in a suicide attack on a Christian church. In April 2017, two suicide bombings on Palm Sunday at two Coptic churches in Cairo killed at least 47.

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