Seven Dead In IS Attack On Bus Carrying Egyptian Christians

Marsha Scott
November 3, 2018

According to Coptic sources, unknown gunmen fired a barrage on two buses carrying the Copts who were on their way to the monastery of St. Samuel in Minya south of the country, killing seven people and 14 injured.

The attackers struck close to Saint Samuel the Confessor monastery in Minya, 260 kilometres up the River Nile from Cairo, Archbishop of Minya Anba Makarious told Reuters.

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.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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

Friday's assault comes a day before President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi opens a major world youth forum in the Sinai resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, which authorities hope will showcase security in the area.

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"I mourn with deep sorrow the martyrs who were killed today by treacherous hands which aim to undermine the solid fabric of the nation, and I wish speedy recovery for the injured", El-Sisi said.

The main road to the monastery has been closed according to security instructions as it is located in a unsafe zone in the desert, in addition to the unavailability of communication network in its surroundings, the source said, adding that the victims used sub-roads to reach the monastery.

Those attacks left at least 100 people dead and led to tighter security around Christian places of worship and Church-linked facilities.

Egypt's government imposed a countrywide three-month state of emergency after the April 2017 church bombings.

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

A year earlier, an ISIS suicide bomber killed nearly 30 worshippers at a church in Cairo located in the Saint Mark's Cathedral complex, the seat of the Coptic papacy.

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