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Gunmen kill 7 in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Gunmen kill 7 in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

The same monastery targeted today was previously hit by a terror attack in May 2017 when ISIS jihadists shot dead 29 Christian worshippers.

Early reports indicate that a bus carrying Coptic Christian pilgrims to a monastery in Minya province in Upper Egypt has been attacked by gunmen.

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 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS or ISIL) armed group quickly claimed responsibility for Friday's deadly attack, which is the latest in a string assaults against the minority community.

Coptic Christians in Egypt, representing near 15% of the overall population, have been consistent targets of Islamist insurgency and terrorism acts.

The official Coptic Church spokesperson account posted images on Facebook showing at least two children/young teens killed in today's attack.

The attack was likely to cast a dark shadow on one of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's showpieces - the World Youth Forum - which opens Saturday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Mourners gather at Prince Tadros Church for the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed in an attack, in Minya, Egypt November 3, 2018.

Sources told Ahram Online the buses were using alternative roads to the monastery after the main road was closed a year ago after a similar attack on pilgrims.

The public prosecutor said a team of investigators has been dispatched to the scene of the attack to investigate.

The attack past year was the latest in a deadly series that targeted churches in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta north of the capital. They are the Middle East's largest Christian community and have long complained of persecution and insufficient protection.

In May 2017, gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in the same area which killed 28 people and wounded 25 others.

Egypt's highest Muslim institution, Al Azhar, condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack" on Friday evening in an official statement in which is lambasted the perpetrators for a lack of "basic human values" and the "killing of of the innocent".


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