Christians in Egypt prepare to bury dead a day after attack

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

Officials say gunmen opened fire on the Christians who were returning from baptizing a child at a Coptic monastery.

Just last month, an Egyptian military court handed down death sentences to 17 people convicted in a series of fatal attacks on Christians throughout the country since December 2016.

At least 7 Christians were killed and over a dozen others injured in an attack in Egypt on Friday.

It said the attack left 13 Christians killed and another 18 wounded, but it was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or reconcile the discrepancy in the number of dead and wounded given by the group and the church.

The Egyptian group linked to the self-styled " Islamic State" (IS) had previously called for attacks on Coptic Christians.

"I mourn with great sorrow the victims who fell today at the traitorous hands that seek to undermine the nation's fabric", Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi said of Friday'a attack.

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A man screams beside a bus carrying Coptic Christians which came under attack outside Cairo. He had earlier said the bus was approaching the monastery. More than 100 Copts have been killed in such attacks since 2011, according to The Associated Press news agency.

Copts, a Christian minority that makeup 10 per cent of Egypt's 97 million people, have in recent years been repeatedly targeted by IS militants. The cathedral is the seat of Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

Sources told Ahram Online the buses were using alternative roads to the monastery after the main road was closed a year ago after a similar attack on pilgrims.

Armed security has been deployed outside a church South of Cairo on Saturday where funerals for victims of a militant attack are expected to be held. It is also the latest by IS to target Christians in churches in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta north of the capital.

Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed.

"This latest attack shows that the anti-ISIS (IS) campaign has not yet succeeded in Egypt, despite obvious efforts by the authorities to tackle it in different parts of the country", said H. A. Hellyer, senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute in London.

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