7 dead in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt: church

Egypt attack on bus bound for Coptic monastery kills seven

At least seven people were announced killed and seven others wounded after a bus carrying a number of Copts was attacked near the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Upper Egypt's Minya on Friday, an anonymous security source said.

Friday's assault marked the second attack on christians heading to the Saint Samuel monastery in as many years.

Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place on Friday put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed.

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

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.

"Those who carried out the ambush... in Minya are fighters of the Islamic State", Amaq said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

El-Sissi, who has made the economy and security his top priorities since taking office in 2014, wrote on his Twitter account that Friday's attack was created to harm the "nation's solid fabric" and pledged to continue fighting terrorism.




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

"I confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat dark terrorism and apprehend the culprits", the president added.

Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's 100 million population.

According to the Archbishop in Minya, the attack took place in nearly the same place as one by Islamist militants which killed 28 Christians in May 2017.

There were attacks on Coptic churches in Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta, north of the capital, in 2016 and 2017 despite a state of emergency imposed 18 months ago.

Egypt has witnessed a spate of militant attacks since 2013, when the army deposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, after mass protests against his rule.

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