At least seven killed in attack on Coptic Christian bus in Egypt

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

At least seven people have been killed in an assault on a bus heading towards a monastery in Egypt, according to a Coptic Church official.

In 2016, at least 25 people were killed in a suicide attack on a Christian church.

A similar attack took place in May 2017, when gunmen fired at a bus carrying Christians to the same monastery, killing at least 28 people.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but militants linked to ISIS have regularly targeted Christians.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi released a statement on Twitter condemning the attacks. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery and affirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat terrorism and to prosecute the perpetrators.

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Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, which makes up an estimated 10 percent of the population, has been a frequent target of attacks and persecution since the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The government imposed a three-month state of emergency across the country after the April 2017 church bombings.

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.

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 Bani Suef bus carried 14 passengers, of whom seven were killed and the rest seriously wounded.

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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