ISIS militant group has claimed responsibility for a Friday terrorist attack targeting a bus outside of Cairo that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians including 10 children.
According to the group’s news agency, Aamaq, ISIS’s soldiers carried out the attack early Friday when a group of Coptic Christians were on their way to a monastery south of Cairo.
The blast claimed the lives of at least 28 Coptic Christians. Dozens more were also wounded by the terrorists while they were travelling to a monastery in Egypt's Minya province.
According to witnesses, some 10 masked attackers in three SUVs stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms and opened fire at the passengers.
Egypt’s security forces launched a hunt for the attackers right after the incident occurred. They set up dozens of checkpoints and patrols on the desert road.
This is not the first time that Egypt’s Christian minority has been targeted by armed groups.
Back in April, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks targeting churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday ceremonies.
Since December, four attacks have been carried out on Egypt’s Christian community.