Twenty-six killed in attack on Christians in Egypt

Twenty-six killed in attack on Christians in Egypt

Twenty-six killed in attack on Christians in Egypt

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said planes have targeted sites responsible for the training of those behind the shooting which targeted a bus south of Cairo on Friday.

The Egyptian Cabinet said in a statement Saturday that 13 victims remained in hospital in Cairo and the southern province of Minya where the attack took place Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Pointing to a litany of terrorist attacks in Britain, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Egypt just a few days after USA president's trip to Saudi Arabia, Qassemi said the recurrence of such assaults signifies a boost to a type of sponsored sectarianism whose other aspect has emerged as the crackdown on Saudi and Bahraini citizens and the bloody war on Yemen.

"Why the Christians? Because they say we are a minority, that we're infidels".

Numerous victims were women and children.

Sinai Province, the name of the local affiliate of IS in Egypt, is seeking to impose a hardline interpretation of Islam in the country.

Minya governor Essam al-Bedawi said security forces had arrived at the scene and were fanning out along the road to the monastery and setting up checkpoints.

When one of the gunmen's vehicles got a flat tire they stopped a truck carrying Christian workers, shot them, and took the truck.

There have been a number of attacks on Coptic Christians in the country in recent months claimed by Islamic State militants.

In a speech on Friday, Sisi said setbacks to IS in Syria were driving its fighters to try to relocate to Libya and Egypt's Sinai.

Relatives of killed Coptic Christians look on as they gather during the funeral at Abu Garnous Cathedral in the north Minya town of Maghagha on May 26, 2017.

Before the April bombings, an IS suicide bomber had attacked a Cairo church in December, killing 29 people.

He also appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the global war against terror.

Definitive figures are hard to obtain, but it is estimated that Christians make up around 10% of Egypt's mostly Muslim population of 83 million.

Egypt's Copts are vocal supporters of Sisi, who has vowed to crush Islamist extremism and protect Christians.

Last month's tragic Palm Sunday attacks on several churches claimed over 40 lives and prompted a state of emergency in Egypt.

But many Christians feel the state either does not take their plight seriously enough or can not protect them against determined fanatics.

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