A bus transporting Coptic Christians to a monastery in Egypt was attacked by an armed gunmen, killing at least 26 people and injuring 27 more, NPR’s Jane Arraf has reported. This is the latest attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt after last month some 44 people lost their lives when suicide bombers targeted Christians in the north.
The attack took place on Friday in the province of Minya, which is located around 160 miles south of Cairo. The death toll was confirmed by an announcement by a spokesman from Egypt’s health ministry.
“Minya province has the largest percentage of Christians in Egypt,” Jane reported, adding, “Religious tension in some communities in Minya has increased in recent years and in many villages, they are prevented from building churches.”