Terrorists slaughter Coptic Christians in Egypt

Coptic Christians chant slogans during a protest following an attack on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery in Minya Egypt Friday Nov. 2 2018

Security forces are now searching for the unknown gunmen who carried out the terror attack on the bus, the sources said.

Friday's assault comes a day before President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi opens a major world youth forum in the Sinai resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, which authorities hope will showcase security in the area.

The security source stressed the need for all media to abide by the official statements only, and avoid taking information from unverified social media sources.

The UAE condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack today on a passenger bus in Upper Egypt's Minya Governorate, in which scores of people were killed and wounded.

"I mourn with deep sorrow the martyrs who were killed today by treacherous hands which aim to undermine the solid fabric of the nation, and I wish speedy recovery for the injured", El-Sisi said.

"I assert our determination to fight dark terrorism and to pursue the perpetrators", he said on Twitter.

Egypt's prosecutor's office said it had received reports of "gunfire targeting a bus carrying a group of Copts returning from the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor".

A man screams beside a bus carrying Coptic Christians which came under attack outside Cairo Friday Nov. 2 2018
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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.

The attack killed 28 Christians, including children, on their way to a monastery.

In April 2017, twin suicide bombings, claimed by Islamic State, targeted two Coptic churches, killing 48 people.

Coptic Church spokesman Father Boulos Halim confirmed by phone to NBC News that seven were killed and an unconfirmed number of people injured.

A year earlier, a suicide bomber killed nearly 30 worshipers at a church in Cairo located in the Saint Mark's Cathedral complex, the seat of the Coptic papacy.

The military offensive - Dubbed "Sinai 2018" - has killed more than 450 jihadists, while about 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed during this year's operation.

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