The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing at least seven Coptic Christian pilgrims and injuring at least 19 others who were traveling to a desert monastery on Friday.
According to the Coptic Church, the attack occurred near the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Minya, in which two buses and a passenger van were targeted.
ABC News reports that a spokesman for the church said one of the busses was transporting 28 family members traveling from the monastery after the baptism of a baby. According to the spokesman, six family members were injured in the attack.
Seven people who were onboard the microbus are reportedly dead. On the other bus coming from Minya, 13 others were injured.
The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack though it’s Amaaq news agency on Friday but did not provide evidence of involvement, Reuters reports.
The attackers fled the scene and authorities are on pursuit.
“Praying for our departed, injured and surviving brethren, and those mourning loved ones,” Bishop Coptic Archbishop of London Anba Angaelos, a popular international advocate for the Coptic Church, wrote on Twitter.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement that he mourns “with great sorrow” those who were killed by “traitorous hands that seek to undermine the nation’s fabric.”
“We are determined to fight terrorism and catch the culprits,” el-Sisi assured.
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Source: Christian Post