Another brutal terror attack has left the world shaken after at least 26 people were killed, including children.
While nobody has claimed responsibility for it yet, it’s likely the Islamic State terror group surrounded a two buses full of Coptic Christian en-route to prayer then opened fired, killing everyone on board except three children. The savage assault took place in Egypt, where ISIS has increased their activity in recent months as they vow to annihilate the nation’s Christian population.
The Daily Mail reports that two buses and a truck were traveling from the Bani Sueif province to the Minya province, some 140 miles north of Cairo, when up to 10 masked gunmen dressed in military fatigues stopped the convoy. The group was headed to the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha to pray, but their lives were cut short when the gunmen opened fire without warning, indiscriminately killing everyone they could before fleeing.
Local media claims that only three of the children traveling with the group survived the brutal attack, which comes on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
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Khaled Mogahed, the Health Ministry spokesman, said that the death toll reached 26 but feared it could rise further.
Arab TV stations showed images of a damaged bus along a roadside, many of its windows shattered. Ambulances were parked around it as bodies lay on the ground, covered with black plastic sheets.
Security forces launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of checkpoints and patrols on the desert road.
The grand imam of al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old centre of Islamic learning, said the attack was intended to destabilise the country.
‘I call on Egyptians to unite in the face of this brutal terrorism,’ Ahmed al-Tayeb said from Germany, where he was on a visit.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called a meeting of security officials, the state news agency said.