At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

Geraldine Edwards
November 3, 2018

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

Church spokesman Bouls Halim said the death toll in Friday's attack south of the capital Cairo was likely to rise.

At least seven people have been killed in an assault on a bus heading towards a monastery in northern Egypt, according to a Coptic Church official.

Coptic Christians have been repeatedly targeted by terrorists.

It's unclear who carried out the attack, with no group claiming responsibility.

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Islamic terrorists on Friday ambushed a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, killing at least seven and wounding 12, the Interior Ministry said.

Egypt's Copts have in the past accused the authorities of making only token gestures to protect them from such attacks.

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.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered his support to the victims in a statement on Twitter.

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

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The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, 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.

A young boy grieves next to the coffins of his parents who were killed during a bus attack, during their funeral service at Ava Samuel desert monastery in Minya, Egypt, May 26, 2017.

Egypt's Christians, who account for some 10 percent of the country's 100 million people, complain of discrimination in the Muslim majority country.

Several of the attacks have targeted Christians and churches.

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