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Islamic State Group Claims Deadly Attack on Egypt’s Christians

Mourners gather at the Sacred Family Church for the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed on Friday in Minya, Egypt, May 26, 2017.

The Islamic State militant group said on May 27 that one of its fighters had carried out a shooting that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians a day earlier, according to a statement from its propaganda arm.

"A security detachment from the Islamic State carried out an attack yesterday in Minya, targeting a bus carrying Copts and taking the lives of 32 of them," Amaq said.

Egyptian officials said the attack took place as the Christians were traveling on a bus to a monastery about 200 kilometers south of Cairo.

The Egyptian Cabinet said in a news release that 29 people died in the attack and 13 remain hospitalized.

The attack, which came on the eve of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, was the fourth to target Christians since December.

Hours after the attack, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced that Egypt had launched airstrikes against militant training bases in Libya.

The military said on May 27 that air raids over Libya destroyed several camps that trained militants responsible for the attack.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP