26 people have been killed in Egypt after unidentified gunmen pulled up on ATV’s and started firing at a bus carrying Coptic Christians. Police are calling this a terror attack.
Authorities say that 10 gunmen were wearing face masks and fatigues when they started shooting at the bus from three ATV’s.
The people on the bus were Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery, which is around 100 km northwest of the city of Minya, at which point they were attacked.
It is also reported that 25 more people were injured in the attack, with some of them being placed in critical condition. The attack by these savages didn’t spare no one as, men, women and children are all among the dead and injured. There were more than 50 ambulances on the scene after Friday’s attack.
This attack is hitting close to home for a lot of people in Egypt as the country is still under a 3 month state of emergency since the twin attacks on Coptic Christian churches happened on Palm Sunday last month, in which dozens of people were killed. These attack were claimed by ISIS.
As for the attack on the bus today, no one has taken claim as of yet, but we do know that Coptic Christians have been targeted by ISIS militants multiple times in recent years so if this was an act o terror on their end, it wouldn’t surprise us.
These acts of violence across Egypt have created a mass exodus of Coptic Christians from some areas. Coptic Christians make up around 10% of Egypt’s population and their beliefs come from the teachings of the apostle Mark, who was the one to introduce Christianity to Egypt.
Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011, the persecution and discrimination against Egypt’s Coptic Christians has grown even more. Today, the Christians were traveling to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery when they were attacked on the bus.
Last December, an attack on a Coptic Christian church in Cairo killed 25 people. Then, there were the twin attacks on Palm Sunday which occurred earlier this year.