At least 23 people were killed and 25 injured after gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt on Friday, May 26, a spokesman from health ministry said. No terror outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The attack happened in the Minya Province of capital Cairo. The bus was travelling to the Monastery of St Samuel the Confessor in Minya province when it was attacked by gunmen. There were about eight to 10 attackers dressed in military uniforms, Egypt's health ministry said citing witnesses.
Witnesses said that men wearing masks stopped the bus with another bus and a lorry while it was being driven along a road leading to the monastery and then began firing.
Coptic Christians constitute about 10 percent of Egypt's population. They have been targeted by the Islamic State group several times over the last few months. The terror outfit had vowed to target them again.
In April this year, at least 46 people died in two suicide bombings at churches located in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. The attacks forced President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to declare a three-month emergency across the country. He promised to take all measures necessary to confront the terrorists.