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At least seven people have been killed in Egypt by gunmen who opened fire on a bus carrying a group of Coptic Christians, officials say.

According to a Voice of the Martyrs contact at least 20 were also injured in the attack in the Minya region, south of Cairo — the same place where two buses were attacked one year ago.

The bus was heading towards a local monastery, a senior Coptic cleric says.

The Islamic State group says it carried out the attack. Islamist militants have targeted Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority repeatedly in recent years.

Egypt’s Copts have in the past accused the authorities of making only token gestures to protect them from such attacks.

Egypt is a Muslim-majority country and its Christian minority – mostly members of the Coptic Orthodox Church – make up around 10% of the population.

Sources: BBC, Voice of the Martyrs

  • Pray that God will comfort those who have lost loved ones, and for a full recovery for the injured.
  • Pray that God will encourage the wider Christian community and protect His church in Egypt.
  • Pray for those responsible for the attack, may they be brought to justice and repentance.