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Egypt: Deadly attack on bus headed to Coptic Christian monastery

Egypt: Deadly attack on bus headed to Coptic Christian monastery

Since 2016, more than 80 people have been killed and 150 wounded in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt.

In December 2017 an Isil gunman killed nine people in an attack on a church in a south Cairo suburb.

The attack took place on the road back from the Saint Samuel monastery, he added, as the bus was heading to the city of Sohag.

Coptic Christians chant slogans during a protest following an attack on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery, in Minya, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack near St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in Minya, but extremists linked to ISIS have regularly targeted Christians.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a statement on his official Facebook page shortly after the attack mourning the victims, vowing to continue the war against terrorism.




Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt on Friday, killing seven in the latest assault on the religious minority claimed by the Islamic State group.

Security forces are now searching for the unknown gunmen who carried out the terror attack on the bus, the sources said.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, and the security officials said Friday's attackers used secondary dirt roads to reach the buses carrying the pilgrims, who were near the monastery at the time of the attack.

Scores of people were killed and wounded in the terror attack in Upper Egypt's Minya Governorate.

. "The terrorists attacked them and fled", he said.

Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, which makes up an estimated 10 percent of the population, has been a frequent target of attacks and persecution since the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Several of the attacks have targeted Christians and churches.

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