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Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

While expressing his "heartfelt solidarity" with all those affected by the attack, Francis said he was particularly mindful of the children who lost their lives when masked gunmen opened fire on a busload of Christian pilgrims on their way to the Monastery of St. Stephen in the Minya province south of Cairo on Friday morning.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack that left 29 Coptic Christians dead and wounded 24 in the Egyptian province of Minya.

Egypt's military said in a statement it had "conducted several intensive day and night-time strikes" that successfully destroyed many targets, including training camps responsible for the Minya attack.

The Egyptian Army spokesperson Tamer el-Refae posted a clip on his official Facebook and Twitter pages which included footages of fighter aircraft taking off.

It said the attack was carried upon the directions of the president and after "coordination and full examination of the information".

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The ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack the Coptic Christians, the second major attack on Egypt's minority community in almost two months.

"Egypt will never hesitate to strike terror bases anywhere", President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a televised address to the nation late Friday.

In certain local villages, the faithful celebrate Mass before a cross drawn on a wall, making it easy to erase quickly to avoid attacks.

Sisi said that recent attacks were aimed at making people believe that Christians are not secure in Egypt, and that the government is not protecting them.

He also appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the global war against terror.

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Sisi hads declared a state of emergency in Egypt after the Islamic State bombedf two Coptic churches in April.

"This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls", he said, after terrorists shot at a bus, killing at least 28 people.

The Minya attack is the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Egypt's Christians, following the Palm Sunday Suicide Bombings.

About 70 have been killed in bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt's population of 91 million.

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