ISIS attack Egyptian bus killing 29 Coptic Christians

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

Ravaging the whole country, ten gunmen opened fire against a bus transporting Coptic Christians in Minya, southern Egypt, killing 29 and wounding dozens.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made the remarks on Saturday during a meeting with his USA counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump, attending the G-7 meeting in Sicily, said the US would stand with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who vowed to strike back at the training bases of Islamic State militants suspected of waging the attacks.

The Egyptian military today launched several airstrikes on militant training camps in Libya in response to an ISIS attack that killed 29 Coptic Christians, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowing that he would not hesitate in hitting camps that harbour or train terrorists. The east Libyan air force said Friday the strikes were targeting al-Qaeda linked forces and did not mention Islamic State.

"There was enough information and evidence of the terrorist elements involved in the (attack) having trained in these camps", said a statement released by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The Egyptian Cabinet, meanwhile, said 13 victims of Friday's bloodshed remained hospitalized in Cairo and Minya province, where the attack took place.

Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire. Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over militants crossing from Libya to carry out attacks.

"They chose death", said Makarios, who has been an outspoken critic of the government's handling of anti-Christian violence in Minya, where Christians account for more than 35 percent of the population, the highest anywhere in Egypt. Egypt's Coptic Christians have emerged as a top target of IS. In April, twin suicide bombings struck two churches on Palm Sunday, and in December, a suicide bombing targeted a Cairo church.

Neighbouring countries are also coming under attack from Libya-based jihadists. On Saturday, the Islamic State (ISIS) news Agency, Aamaq, reported that the terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

El-Sissi, in his televised address, said of the USA president: "I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task".

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