ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Egyptian Christians

ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Egyptian Christians

ISIS claims responsibility for attack on Egyptian Christians

"Terrorists attacked their bus on the way to (St) Samwil Monastery in Minya".

At least seven people have been killed in Egypt by gunmen who opened fire on a bus carrying a group of Coptic Christians, officials say. He had earlier said the bus was approaching the monastery.

It said the attack left 13 Christians killed and another 18 wounded, but it was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or reconcile the discrepancy in the number of dead and wounded given by the group and the church.

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.

The Islamic State has repeatedly vowed to go after Egypt's Christians as punishment for their support of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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. ". I wish speedy recovery of the wounded and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat black terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators".

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The attack took place very close to the spot where gunmen killed 28 Christians in a similar attack in May past year.

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

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

A year earlier, an IS 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.

Dubbed "Sinai 2018", the military campaign has killed more than 450 militants, according to the army.

Egyptian authorities have also convicted jihadists for their role in attacks against Copts.

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