This past weekend tragedy struck Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church when a bus en route to a desert monastery south of Cairo was brutally attacked on November 3, 2018. At least seven Coptic pilgrims were killed and a dozen wounded during the assault. All but one of the fatally wounded were members of the same family, and included among the dead were two children, ages 11 and 15.
Shortly after the bus ambush, a local Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack stating it was “revenge” for Egyptian authorities imprisonment of “our chaste sisters.” IS has vowed to continue striking Egypt’s Christians (who represent about 10-15% of the country’s population) in retaliation for their support of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.
Last Friday’s onslaught of terror was the second to target pilgrims heading to St. Samuel the Confessor monastery. Previously, an IS raid in May 2017 claimed nearly 30 lives.
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