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Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 24 In Egypt

Gunmen dismissed on a train carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a print from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outward St. Markos Church in Minya.

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Gunmen dismissed on a train carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a print from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outward St. Markos Church in Minya.

Roger Anis/AP

Gunmen pounded a train that was holding Egyptian Christians to a nunnery Friday, murdering during slightest 24 people and wounding 27 more, according to internal officials and NPR’s Jane Arraf.

The genocide fee was announced by a orator for Egypt’s health ministry.

The conflict occurred in Minya, a range some 160 miles south of Cairo along a Nile River.

“Minya range has a largest commission of Christians in Egypt,” Jane reports. “Religious tragedy in some communities in Minya has increasing in new years and in many villages, they are prevented from building churches.”

Coptic Christians were targeted by dual lethal attacks in northern Egypt final month, in self-murder bombings that killed during slightest 44 people.