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Egyptian Officials Say 26 Killed In Attack On Coptic Christians


The Christians were reportedly attacked by gunmen while they were traveling to a monastery south of Cairo.

Egyptian officials say at least 26 people have been killed and 25 injured in an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians.

The governor of Egypt's Minya Province, Essam al-Bedaiwy, was quoted as saying gunmen attacked the Christians while they were traveling to a monastery about 200 kilometers south of Cairo on May 26.

The gunmen approached in three pickup trucks, attacked, and then fled, the Interior Ministry said.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that 26 people were killed and another 25 injured.

Suicide bombers from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group killed dozens of Coptic Christians in three attacks on churches in the mostly Muslim country in December and April.

IS has threatened to carry out more attacks on Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and AP
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