IS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

IS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

Egypt launched a fresh round of air strikes over Libya on Saturday, Egyptian military sources and an eyewitness told Reuters, targeting militant camps it said were responsible for a shooting spree that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians.

Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's foreign minister, said "there was enough information and evidence of the terrorist elements involved in the (attack) having trained in these camps".

"The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished", he said in a statement.

El-Sissi also directly appealed to President Trump to lead the global war against terror.

"The air forces completely destroyed the targeted training camps and bases of the terrorists who carried out the attack against the Christians in Minya", the statement added.

Earlier a similar attack by ISIS in 2016 had claimed the lives of at least 21 Coptic Christians.

Islamic State, in turn, vowed to increase its attacks on Christians and urged Muslims to avoid Christian gatherings and western embassies.

The ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack the Coptic Christians, the second major attack on Egypt's minority community in almost two months.

Masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people and wounding 22.

Friday's was the latest attack on Copts after Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists bombed three churches in December and April, killing dozens of Christians.

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Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over militants crossing from Libya to Egypt to conduct attacks.

The group has no known connections to IS in Egypt.

Friday's attack followed two suicide bombings of churches in April that killed 45 Copts.

The Christians were traveling Friday to a monastery, St. Samuel the Confessor, around 100 km (62 miles) northwest of the city of Minya when they came under fire, the ministry said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq media wing, according to the Site Intelligence Group, a terror monitoring group.

Coptic Christians, which make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 91 million population, have faced persecution in Egypt, which has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011.

The incident also injured 25 others.

Sisi has defended the performance of his security forces and accused jihadists of trying to divide Egyptian society by attacking vulnerable minorities.

The attack was also condemned by UN General Secretary António Guterres, who termed the act as "heinous" and "cowardly".

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