Seven Killed in Attack on Coptic Christians Bus in Egypt

The Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo’s Shubra al Kheima district was the target of a previous attack

The attack took place very close to the spot where gunmen killed 28 Christians in a similar attack in May a year ago.

In December 2017 an Isil gunman killed nine people in an attack on a church in a south Cairo suburb.

Egypt says fighting Islamist militants is a priority to restore security after the years of turmoil that followed the "Arab Spring" protests. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Islamic militants have ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry.

Egyptian authorities have also convicted jihadists for their role in attacks against Copts.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a statement on his official Facebook page shortly after the attack mourning the victims, vowing to continue the war against terrorism.

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The group was heading to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, located in the western desert.

The security forces moved to the scene to disclose the attack's circumstances, and ambulance vehicles arrived near the monastery to transfer the injured to hospitals, the source added, affirming that the perpetrators are being pursued. "The terrorists attacked them and fled", he said.

Scores of people were killed and wounded in the terror attack in Upper Egypt's Minya Governorate.

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Several of the attacks have targeted Christians and churches.

Egypt's Christians account for some 10 percent of the country's 100 million people.

Christians there often claim that the local police is soft on Muslims accused of attacking Christians and, in their pursuit of keeping the peace between the two communities, insist on resolving differences through tribal-like reconciliation meetings rather than rule of law.

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