On Friday, a group of at least eight gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked a bus and pickup truck carrying Coptic Christians traveling to St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt’s Minya province, about 140 miles south of Cairo. At least 20 people were killed in the attack, including children. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but groups linked to the Islamic State said they had carried out other recent attacks on Egypt’s Coptic minority. “We are having a very hard time reaching the monastery because it is in the desert,” said Ibram Samir, a Christian official in Minya province. Egypt’s Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East, and they have long faced harassment and discrimination.
BREAKING: Egypt state news agency: Gunmen fire on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo, killing and wounding at least 10.
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