Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

At least 7 Coptic Christians killed in bus attack in Egypt

At least 7 Coptic Christians killed in bus attack in Egypt

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

Initially, a spokesman for the Coptic Church, Boulis Halim, said that at least seven were killed and 14 injured in the attack.

"Terrorists opened fire on a tour bus from Sohag province, heading back from the. monastery", the archbishop said.

Egypt's Coptic Christians have repeatedly been targeted by the Islamic State jihadist group.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.

At least seven people were killed and seven injured in a terrorist attack Friday on a bus carrying Coptic Christians near the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Upper Egypt's Minya, state TV reported, quoting security sources.

The attack killed 28 Christians, including children, on their way to a monastery.

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A security official confirmed the attack, adding that there were "dead and wounded".

Last May, a gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in a similar attack to Friday's in the same Minya province.

Egyptian state television said security forces were on Friday afternoon still in pursuit of the attackers.

Egypt has witnessed a spate of militant attacks since 2013, when the army deposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, after mass protests against his rule.

Egypt's Christians account for some 10 percent of the country's 100 million people.

The military offensive - Dubbed "Sinai 2018" - has killed more than 450 jihadists, while about 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed during this year's operation.

In December 2017, hundreds of Muslims attacked a church south of Cairo that had been operating without a permit for more than a dozen years.

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