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.
Gunmen pounded buses that were holding Egyptian Christians to a nunnery Friday, murdering during slightest 28 people and wounding about a same number, according to internal reports citing Egypt’s government.
The conflict was carried out by group roving in 3 trucks, Egypt’s interior method says, according to a central Middle East News Agency.
The Christians had been roving to a ancient St. Samuel nunnery in Minya, a range some 160 miles south of Cairo along a Nile River. Government officials contend they were roving in dual buses and a truck, NPR’s Jane Arraf reports.
“Church officials contend children and aged people are among” a victims, Jane adds.
“Minya range has a largest commission of Christians in Egypt,” Jane says. “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. Those attacks were claimed by ISIS.
After Friday’s attack, President Fattah al-Sisi systematic a confidence meeting, according to a Middle East News Agency, that also says a conflict was cursed by Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt’s Al Azhar mosque.
Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam also denounced a attack, saying, “Those traitors breached all a eremite beliefs and charitable values,” according to a state-owned Middle East News Agency.