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    Egypt - Gunmen attack Coptic Christians, at least 23 dead 26 May 17

    CAIRO - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo.


    Friday’s attack, which took place on the eve of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

    Egypt’s Interior Ministry, which set the death toll at 26, said gunmen in three vehicles opened fire as the bus headed to a monastery in the Minya region, about 150 miles south of Egypt’s capital.



    ETA: “Coptic” means “Egyptian,” and Christians living in Egypt identify themselves as Coptic Christians.
    Last edited by Bently; 05-26-2017 at 08:43 AM.

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    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, though it had all the hallmarks of Egypt's affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Security forces launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of checkpoints and patrols on the desert road.

    President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called for a meeting with top aides to discuss the attack.

    The grand imam of al-Azhar, Egypt's 1,000-year-old centre of Islamic learning, said the attack was intended to destabilize the country.

    "I call on Egyptians to unite in the face of this brutal terrorism," Ahmed al-Tayeb said from Germany, where he was on a visit.
    Copts, the Middle East's largest Christian community, have repeatedly complained of suffering discrimination, as well as outright attacks, at hands of Egypt's majority Muslim population.

    Late last month, Pope Francis visited Egypt, in part to show his support for Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have been increasingly targeted by Islamic militants.

    Following the pope's visit, ISIS vowed to escalate the attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and Western embassies, saying they are targets for the group's followers.

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    UPDATE 6: Death toll in Upper Egypt armed attack on Copts reaches 28
    The interior ministry said in an official statement that unknown assailants driving three 4x4 wheelers attacked by "firing randomly" at the bus carrying Coptic citizens...


    "This latest attack follows two suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services at churches in Egypt on April 9, that left 46 people dead. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for this and an attack on a church in the capital in December which killed 29 people."

    The bishop added that the vehicles attacked included a minibus and two cars...

    Many victims were children, and only three children survived the attack, a source from the church told Al-Ahram...

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    Another terrible tragedy. May all the victims Rest In Peace.
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    I just heard on the radio, I have no link, that Egypt has just bombed Libya in retaliation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bently View Post
    I just heard on the radio, I have no link, that Egypt has just bombed Libya in retaliation.

    The Latest: Egypt strikes bases in Libya after Copts attack

    Senior officials say Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant bases in eastern Libya in retaliation for an attack by suspected Islamic State militants that killed 28 Christians south of Cairo.

    The officials said the warplanes on Friday targeted the headquarters of the Shura Council in the city of Darna, where local militias are known to be linked to al-Qaida, not the Islamic State group.

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    My heart hurts. Stop killing innocent people and CHILDREN!!

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    This is heartbreaking.

    And it makes me very angry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesneakers View Post
    From link above

    " The officials said the warplanes on Friday targeted the headquarters of the Shura Council in the city of Darna, where local militias are known to be linked to al-Qaida, not the Islamic State group.

    The officials spoke shortly after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a televised address that Egypt will strike bases where militants who wage attacks in Egypt are trained, no matter where they are.

    El-Sissi also directly appealed to President Trump to lead the global war against terror.

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