Friday, November 2, 2018
Egypt: Muslims open fire on bus full of Christians on way to monastery, at least 7 murdered
A bus carrying Coptic Christian passengers to a monastery was attacked in Egypt’s Minya governorate, according to reports on Friday, November 2.
The bus was carrying passengers from Sohag to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery when unidentified gunmen opened fire, killing several people, a report from Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said.
Daily News Egypt reported that emergency crews were responding after gunshots were heard near the monastery.
There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, but Reuters reported the archbishop as saying that 7 people were dead and 14 injured. The attack occurred near the site of a similar assault in April 2017 that left over 2 dozen people dead.
No group claimed responsibility for that attack but Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate earlier called for attacks on Christians and the group was blamed. Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population
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