At least seven Coptic Christians were killed on Friday when gunmen opened fire on their bus in central Egypt, the province’s bishop told AFP.
A security official confirmed the attack in Minya province, adding that there were “dead and wounded”.
Copts, a Christian minority that make up 10% of Egypt’s 96 million people, have in recent years been repeatedly targeted by the Islamic State jihadist group.
ISIS killed more than 40 people in twin church bombings in April 2017 and a month later shot dead almost 30 Christians in Minya province as they headed to a monastery on a bus.
In December 2017 an ISIS jihadist killed nine people in an attack on a church in a south Cairo suburb.
In February 2018, the Egyptian army launched a major offensive against ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula, where the group has maintained a strong presence since the fall of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Dubbed “Sinai 2018”, the military campaign has killed more than 450 jihadists, according to the army.
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Publish date : 2018-11-02 14:49:17