Egypt: Gunmen attack bus carrying Coptic Christians, 28 killed


According to state media report, 25
have been wounded after gunmen
opened fire on the bus. (Source: Google
Map)

At least 28 people, mostly children, have
been killed when a masked
gunmen wearing army uniforms opened
fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians
in central Egypt, on Friday. The incident
took place in Minya province, 250km
(155 miles) south of Cairo. Injured have
been taken to the hospital. According to
the Ministry of Health, 25 have also
been wounded. The bus was heading to
Anba Samuel monastery.

Security forces are searching for the the
attackers. According to the Ministry of
Interior, gunmen were riding in three
4×4 vehicles. According to a PTI report,
there were approximately 10 attackers
who were wearing military uniforms.
According to a source from the
Orthodox Church told Al-
Ahram newspaper, only three kids
survived the attack.

Emergency security meeting has been
called by President Abdel-Fatah El-
Sisi. In a statement from the presidency,
he has also asked authorities to take all
necessary measures to help the injured
and arrest the assailants.

Al-Ahram Arabic website reported that
the Egypt’s Prosecutor-General Nabil
Sadek has ordered an extensive
investigation to arrest the attackers.

There have been a number of attacks on
Copts in recent months which were later
claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants.
Earlier on April 9, two suicide bombings
targeting churches in Tanta and
Alexandria left 46 people dead.

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