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Death toll in Egypt Copts attack rises to 28

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Andrew Cummings | 27 May, 2017, 00:08

The three attacks, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, left at least 75 people dead.

The same source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ill-fated bus had been traveling from Beni Sueif to the monastery, located roughly 220 kilometers south of Cairo. Kaldas noted it was very likely that the attack was carried out by ISIS.

The grand imam of al-Azhar, Egypt's 1,000-year-old center of Islamic learning, said the attack was meant to destabilize the country.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the news was being received with "deep sorrow", noting that German is now hosting a large gathering of the Protestant Church that Coptic Christians are attending too.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Egypt will strike at any bases that train militants who wage attacks in Egypt, wherever they may be.

In a statement on its spokesman's Facebook page, the Coptic Church called for "measures to be taken to prevent the dangers of those incidents that tarnish Egypt's image".December 11, next to the seat of the Coptic pope, killing 29 people.

The militants attacked the bus, which was on its way to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, days after ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester... and months after Donald Trump promised he would have a plan to completely "destroy" ISIS in 30 days.

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The attacks struck worshippers in the town of Tanta and the Egyptian port city of Alexandria as they celebrated Palm Sunday.

Although no group immediately said it was behind the attack, Islamic State (IS) militants have targeted Copts several times in recent months, and vowed to do so again.

Twenty-six persons were killed on Friday when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, the state-run media said. And in December, a bombing of a church in Cairo killed 25.

ISIS released videos threatening Egypt's Copts of more attacks.

And earlier this month Egypt's air force destroyed 15 vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition after they illegally entered the country from Libya.

Copts make up about 10 percent of the 92 million residents of Egypt. It has recently warned Egyptian Muslims to stay away from Christian gatherings because it intends to carry out more attacks.

Coptic churches and homes have been set on fire, members of the Coptic minority have been physically attacked, and their property has been looted, rights group Amnesty International reported in March.

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