Gunmen kill 7 in attack on bus carrying Christian pilgrims in Egypt

Ibrahim Ezzat  Nur

Ibrahim Ezzat Nur

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in shooting on two buses heading towards a Coptic Christian monastery in upper Egypt.

At least seven were killed after unknown gunmen shot at a bus transporting a group of Coptic Christians in Egypt's Minya governorate on Friday.

The attack took place nearly at the exact location where 28 Christians were killed by Islamist militants in 2017. ". I wish speedy recovery of the wounded and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat black terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators".

Egypt is a Muslim-majority country and its Christian minority - mostly members of the Coptic Orthodox Church - make up around 10% of the population.

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The bus was traveling from the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, in Minya, to the Sohag area, both south of Cairo, the spokesman said. In August, a would-be suicide bomb attack against Copts in Cairo was thwarted after the attacker's explosive device detonated en route to a Christian church, killing only himself.

Screen capture from a video released by an Islamic State group affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula and threatening Egypt's Christian Coptic community, February 20, 2017. The Bani Suef bus carried 14 passengers, of whom seven were killed and the rest seriously wounded.

It said fighting Islamist militants is important to bring back security after the years of violence that followed the Arab Spring revolt in 2011.

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered an investigation and said he had sent a team of investigators to the location and to nearby hospitals.

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