Friday, 26 May 2017

At least 26 killed and dozens wounded in attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya Province, South of the capital, Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

Aljazeera reports that the attack left at least 26 people dead and 25 wounding dozens according to health officials. 

A health ministry spokesman said at least 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack.

Following the attack, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a meeting with security officials, state media said.

Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the country's population, has repeatedly been targeted by armed groups.

In April, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in two separate suicide bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group.

Following the Palm Sunday bombings, Sisi declared a nationwide three-month state of emergency. 

A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 in December 2016, including many women and children.

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