CAIRO – The Islamic State terror organization claimed on Saturday authorship for an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery in southern Egypt that left 29 people dead and another 13 injured.
The attack took place on Friday in the town of al-Adwa, about 80 kilometers (49 miles) northwest of the Egyptian southern province of Minya, where 10 masked gunmen traveling in four vehicles opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians.
In a statement, shared via messaging app Telegram and which could not be verified, IS claimed that the “soldiers of the Caliphate” committed the attack that claimed the lives of more than 31 “crusaders,” in reference to Christians.
The extremist organization claimed that the attack wounded at least 24 of the Christians, who were heading to the Saint Samuel monastery west of Minya.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi stated on Friday that Egypt “will not hesitate to hit training camps” of extremists, both on Egyptian and foreign soil.
El-Sisi pointed out that one of the reasons behind the attacks in Egypt is that the extremist organization is suffering defeats in Syria, leading many extremists to arrive in Egypt through Sinai, the base of an IS subsidiary, and through border territories with Libya.
Friday’s attack was the third in the last six months against Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Copts account for an estimated 10-12 percent of Egypt’s population.