7 dead in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

7 dead in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

In May 2017, at least 28 people were killed and dozens more wounded when attackers opened fire on a vehicle carrying Coptic Christians to the complex.

The bus was heading towards the Saint Samuel Coptic Christian monastery near Minya, a city about 270 kilometres south of the capital, Cairo.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the attackers used secondary dirt roads to reach the bus carrying the pilgrims, who were near the monastery at the time of the attack. State news agency MENA, citing a security source, put the number of injured at seven and said the bus was transporting Christians.

He said seven people were killed and 14 were wounded.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. But other attacks carried out by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) have been far more deadly. He expressed his deepest sorrow and assured his "determination to continue our efforts to combat terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators".

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi observed a minute of silence at a youth forum he was attending and called Coptic Pope Tawadros II to offer his condolences.

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I am deeply saddened by the martyrs who fell today by treacherous hands seeking to undermine the fabric of a cohesive homeland.

The health minister and minister of social solidarity were dispatched by Sisi to Minya.

The attack took place nearly at the exact location where 28 Christians were killed by Islamist militants in 2017. The Palm Sunday bombings prompted Egypt to declare a nationwide state of emergency.

Christians account for around 10 per cent of Egypt's predominantly Muslim population of about 100 million. It said the attack was revenge for the imprisonment by Egyptian authorities of "our chaste sisters".

Almost 30 people died in the attack on May 26, 2017, in which militants dressed as security officers ordered the bus to stop.

Copts have long complained of discrimination in Egypt and IS is not the only group to have launched sectarian attacks against the community.

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