UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

Gunmen in military uniforms stopped a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox pilgrims in Egypt on May 26, and opened fire on the passengers, killing at least 26 people and wounding a roughly equal number. Numerous victims were children.

Military sources told Reuters news agency that the militants targeted in Libya had been involved in the attack on Egyptian Christians earlier in the day.

It marks a change from former President Barack Obama, who often kept el-Sissi at a distance and criticized Egypt's human rights record and suspended some USA military aid.

"Egypt will not hesitate in striking terror camps anywhere, either inside (the country) or outside it", Sisi said.

Also strongly condemning the attack, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), said: "The terrorist attack in Egypt and few days ago in Manchester are stark reminders that the ugly face of terrorism knows no borders".

Friday's shooting came after a historic visit to Egypt by Roman Catholic Pope Francis to show solidarity with the country's Christians.

No claim of responsibility has yet been made.

The 15-member Council reiterated "that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed".

Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres from Cairo, before fleeing, the interior ministry said.

Coptic Christians, whose church dates back almost 2,000 years, make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million.

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President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said fighter jets struck militant bases in eastern Libya in retaliation for an attack by suspected Islamic State militants that killed 28 Christians and wounded another 22 south of Cairo.

Security forces launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of checkpoints and patrols on the desert road.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the Israeli premier "sends the condolences of the Israeli people to President al-Sisi and the Egyptian people".

About 70 have been killed in bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

Copts have suffered sectarian attacks for years.

Security and medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the death toll stood at 28 but could rise. Al-Sisi responded by declaring a state of emergency.

The Church separated from other Christian denominations at the Council of Chalcedon (451 AD) in a dispute over the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ.

Following the visit, the Islamic State group vowed to escalate attacks against Christians.

"It is always the same - we will be a little bit sad, they will pity us, but it will start again", he added, saying he feared further attacks on his minority community.

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