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

Aaron Brown
November 3, 2018

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

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

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

The bus was heading towards the Saint Samuel Coptic Christian monastery near Minya, a city about 270 kilometres south of the capital, Cairo.

Several people have been reported dead and wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims travelling to a remote desert monastery.

On Saturday, a burned-out four-wheel-drive truck, which witnesses said had been used by a group of militants in white galabiya gowns, stood near the site of the attack.

"This attack will not weaken the will of our nation in continuing its battle to prevail and build", El-Sisi said. The previous attack in May 2017 left almost 30 people dead.

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A Coptic Christian man mourns victims killed in an attack a day earlier, during an early morning ceremony at the Prince Tadros church in Egypt's southern Minya province, on November 3, 2018.

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

Security forces remained on the alert outside the hospital for fear of further attacks, while roads were blocked to the scene of the shooting.

The remains of a auto reportedly used by gunmen in the November 2 attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians.

The Sohag bus had 28 pilgrims, of whom 9 were wounded, including two in a serious condition.

The search for the attackers was ongoing, the source said, without details.

But Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, which represents about 10 percent of the population, say they are living in fear. The province of Minya has become known for its anti-Christian violence and Egyptian authorities are already being questioned for not securing the route taken by the bus.

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