At least seven people were announced killed and seven others wounded after a bus carrying a number of Copts was attacked near the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Upper Egypt's Minya on Friday, an anonymous security source said.
At least seven were killed after unknown gunmen shot at a bus transporting a group of Coptic Christians in Egypt's Minya governorate on Friday.
Since 2016, more than 80 people have been killed and 150 wounded in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Christian sites of worship across Egypt have been repeatedly targeted, often in attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, prompting the authorities to impose a state of emergency 18 months ago.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he mourned the victims as martyrs, and vowed to push ahead with a campaign against militants.
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To which Bibi responded: "I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind". However, it was not clear where she will go as several countries, including Canada, have offered asylum to her.
The attack took place near St Samuel Monastery in the southern province of Minya and also injured seven, a security source added in a statement carried by state Egyptian television.
The official Coptic Church spokesperson account posted images on Facebook showing at least two children/young teens killed in today's attack.
The attack took place close to where gunmen killed 28 Christians in a similar assault in May 2017. The previous attack in May 2017 left almost 30 people dead. "The terrorists attacked them and fled", he said.
Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, which makes up an estimated 10 percent of the population, has been a frequent target of attacks and persecution since the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Christians there often claim that the local police is soft on Muslims accused of attacking Christians and, in their pursuit of keeping the peace between the two communities, insist on resolving differences through tribal-like reconciliation meetings rather than rule of law.