Gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons on an Egyptian Bus in Minya province that was carrying Coptic Christians on Friday. The death toll has been steadily rising since the first reports, but so far 28 people are confirmed dead according to the Minya mayor’s office. Approximately 10 gunmen in 3 SUVs surrounded the bus as it was traversing Western Desert Road on the way to visit the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor. Both children and adults were on the bus.
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Some witnesses stated that the attackers were wearing military uniforms.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but the Coptic Church has been the target of a campaign by ISIS. Back in April, two Coptic churches were attacked, leaving a death toll of 46-47 and many more injured. ISIS stated it would continue to attack Christians.
Minya province is a primarily Orthodox Christian area. There have reportedly been 77 attacks on Christians in the province since 2011.
Egyptian President Al-Sisi convened an emergency security meeting after the bus incident. But meetings must have action to stem the sectarian violence against Christians in Egypt. Christians only make up about 10% of the population of the country. No arrests have been made, that attackers are being sought by authorities.
“Somebody from the international arena needs to step in and screaming and yelling that this is the 21st century, and these barbaric issues have to stop.” Ashraf Ramelah, foundER of Voice of the Copts
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