Egypt: At least seven Coptic Christians were reported dead and fourteen others wounded when unidentified assailants opened fire on a Coptic bus near El-Adwa village near Minya south of Egypt’s Nile valley on Friday.
Though no claim of responsibility has been issued, the Islamic State intends to kill Coptic Christians in order to sow sectarian divisions in Egypt and disprove the government’s ability to provide security. Three deadly suicide operations against the religious minority have been conducted since 11 December 2016.
ITCT Associate on Africa desk Jasmine Opperman says, “The last al Hayat issue of Rumiyah # 9 released 5 May 2017, contained at least 2 articles justifying the killing of Coptic Christians (including priests, women and children). Rumiyah #9 included a lengthy article from the Emir from the Islamic State Sinai. Calling for killing, enslavement, and imprisonment of Coptic Christians in Egypt.With three high profile attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt under their belt, the Emir had also called for attacks the day prior in al Naba weekly newsletter. It should be noted that most (if not all) of the attacks on Coptics in Egypt were performed by a completely independent branch of Islamic State in Egypt called “Soldiers of the Caliphate in Egypt”; led by Amr Saad.”
Hours after the attack, Islamic State’s Amaq Agency released a statement claiming responsibility.
Egyptian Public prosecutor has ordered to form a joint committee to conduct the investigation into the terrorist incident.
UPDATE (4th November 2018)
Egyptian military said it has killed 19 militants linked with attack on Coptic Christians in an operation. Egyptian Interior Ministry also released photos of slain militants.