Egypt: Gunmen attack bus carrying Coptic Christians (Update)

Initial reports say at least three people were killed and dozens wounded after attack in Minya province.

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing more than 20 people and wounding dozens, according to health officials.

LOCATION: Minya is 250km south of Cairo in Egypt

The attack took place on Friday in Minya province, south of the capital, Cairo, state media said.

A health ministry spokesman said at least 24 people were killed and 24 wounded in the attack.

The gunmen opened fire on a bus in the city of Minya in southern Egypt.

The bus, which is thought to have been carrying around 50 Coptic Christians, was heading to Anba Samuel monastery in the city.

Authorities have rushed to the scene of the attack to assess the number of casualties.

The bus was ambushed by unknown gunmen near a Christian monastery on Friday morning and the Egyptian health ministry said there were dozens of casualties.

A Coptic activist said the bus and an accompanying car were attacked as they drove along an unpaved road towards the St Samuel monastery, around 140 miles south of Cairo.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after ISIS bombings at churches in Tanta and Alexandria over Easter.

Egypt’s Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the country’s population, has repeatedly been targeted by armed groups.

In April, dozens of people were killed in two separate bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for April attacks.

A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 in December 2016, including many women and children.

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