Coptic Christians in the Egyptian town of Minya south of the capital of Cairo are preparing to bury their dead.

The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Interior Ministry say Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery, killing seven and wounding 19.

A man screams beside a bus carrying Coptic Christians which came under attack outside Cairo, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Islamic militants on Friday ambushed a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least seven and wounding a dozen more, the Interior Ministry said.(Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church via AP)
A man screams beside a bus carrying Coptic Christians which came under attack outside Cairo, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Islamic militants on Friday ambushed a bus carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least seven and wounding a dozen more, the Interior Ministry said.(Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church via AP)

All but one of those killed were members of the same family, according to a list of the victims’ names released by the church, which said among the dead were a boy and a girl, age 15 and 12 respectively.

The local Islamic group State affiliate which spearheads militants fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement

Source: The Associated Press

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