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Seven killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

CAIRO, Nov 2 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/2/2018 11:48:46 AM IST

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

According to Coptic sources, unknown gunmen fired a barrage on two buses carrying the Copts who were on their way to the monastery of St. Samuel in Minya south of the country, killing seven people and 14 injured.

They also said there was heavy gunfire at a third bus, but its driver managed to ster the vehicl away from the source of the fire.

For its part, security forces quickly surrounded the area.

Searches are under way for the perpetrators.

Ambulances were rushed in to transport the injured to hospitals.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi mourned the victims of the attack on the Christian bus, vows to push ahead with campaign against militants, on Twitter. “ ... I wish speedy recovery of the wounded and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat black terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators.”

“This incident will not undermine the will of our nation to continue its battle for survival and construction.”

A similar attack occurred in 2017, when masked gunmen opened fire on a bus convoy carrying Copts to the same monastery, killing 28 people and injuring 22.

It’s unclear who carried out the attack, with no group claiming responsibility.

Coptic Christians have been repeatedly targeted by terrorists. 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. But other attacks carried out by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) have been far more deadly.

In 2016, at least 25 people were killed in a suicide attack on a Christian church. In April 2017, two suicide bombings on Palm Sunday at two Coptic churches in Cairo killed at least 47.

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