More than twenty dead in attack on coptic christians in Egypt

More than twenty dead in attack on coptic christians in Egypt

In an attack on coptic christians in Egpyte on Friday 26 people to the life to come. At least 25 persons are wounded, said the authorities.

The group was taken under fire by unknown persons during a bus trip in the direction of the St. Samuel Monastery monastery. That happened in the Egyptian city of al-Minya, about three hundred kilometres south of Cairo.

It was on the bus shot from three cars. It is not yet clear who the perpetrators are. Christians in Egypt are often targets of muslim extremists. At the beginning of april fell in two attacks on churches in the north of the country more than 45 dead.

The terreurbeweging Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks. IS at the beginning of this month, and threatened more attacks on christians and western foreigners.

The president of Egypt, the military Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, seized in 2013, the power continues both moderate islamists as extremists. According to critics of al-Sisi amid growing repression, the extremism and the violence. Many christians see him as a shield against the sunni extremism. Of the more than ninety million Egyptians, there are an estimated 13.5 million christian.

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