A bus carrying nearly 50 people on their way to pray at a monastery in Egypt suffered at the hands of terrorists when a group of gun-wielding men dressed in soldier’s uniforms opened fire on the group, killing 28 and injuring another 25.
At least 10 men approached the vehicle as it was on its way to Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha to pray, about 10 miles outside of Cairo.
The attack comes on the eve of the holy muslim month of Ramadan, which generally slows down terrorist attacks. No group has taken responsibility for the act. While Christians are one of the most targeted groups all over the Middle East, Egypt has had coptic Christians for hundreds of years and has generally protected them.
The Daily Mail reports:
Up to 10 masked attackers dressed in military uniforms stopped a convoy in Egypt province, 140 miles south of Cairo, as the group was heading towards Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha to pray.
The gunmen, who arrived in three four-wheel drive vehicles, used automatic weapons to spray bullets at the convoy before fleeing. A health ministry official said a ‘large number’ of victims were children.
The group was travelling in a convoy of two buses and a truck from the nearby province of Bani Suief when the mass shooting happened.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
It comes after ISIS claimed responsibility for three deadly church attacks in December and April that claimed the lives of dozens of people.
The jihadists threatened more attacks against the Arab country’s Christians, who make up around 10 per cent of its population of about 90 million.
Pictures of the bus aired by state television showed the vehicle riddled with machine-gun fire and its windows shot out.