Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 26


Me el-Sissi warned that Egypt will strike at any bases that train militants who wage attacks in the country, wherever they may be.

Security and medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the death toll stood at 28 but feared it could rise. CBS News reports that only three children have apparently survived the attack.

Clothes and shoes could be seen lying in and around the bus, while the bodies of some of the victims lay in the sand nearby, covered with black sheets. Last month, ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday in which at least 49 pe.

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It was the latest attack on Copts after Daesh (the so-called IS) militants bombed three churches in December and April, killing dozens of Christians.

Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the country's population, has been the subject of a series of deadly attacks in recent months.

Egypt's Copts are vocal supporters of Sisi, who has vowed to crush Islamist extremism and protect Christians.

Coptic Christians have faced persecution and discrimination in Egypt, which has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011.

According to CBS News, the governor of Minya says that a manhunt is underway to capture the assailants in Friday's attack.

State television reported that the attack killed 28 people, citing the health minister.

About 70 have been killed in bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

In February 2015, Egypt carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Libya after a graphic video was released showing the beheading there of 21 Christians, nearly all Egyptian Copts.

"The Minya incident is unacceptable to Muslims and Christians and it targets Egypt's stability", Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said in a statement.

Bishop Makarios of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Minya province said numerous victims had been shot at close range.

The Copts have always been a prime target of extremists: They were hit in a massive church bombing just weeks before the country's 2011 Arab Spring uprising, and Islamic militants gave them a particular focus during a crackdown in the 1990s.

It was the latest sign of the burgeoning friendship between Trump and el-Sissi, the former general who toppled democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member. Attacks on Christian homes, businesses and churches subsequently surged, especially in the country's south.