Gunmen Kill More than 20 Coptic Christians in Egypt | Sojourners

Gunmen Kill More than 20 Coptic Christians in Egypt

Gunmen in Egypt killed more than 24 people and wounded 25 after they opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians on May 26.

According to The Associated Press, the attack happened while the bus was traveling south of Cairo, Egypt’s capital city.

The AP reports that 10 attackers dressed in military uniforms opened fire on the bus.

This is one of numerous attacks on Coptic Christians this year. Christians have repeatedly been targeted and attacked by members of the Islamic State, who have vowed to carry out more attacks in the future.

On Palm Sunday, at least 44 people were killed during a bomb attack at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope in Alexandria, and another church in Tanta. The Islamic State took responsibility for the twin attacks.

In December 2016, at least 25 people were killed during a deadly bomb blast in Cairo. The blast targeted Copts gathered at St. Peter and St. Paul Church on a Sunday.

Copts make up just 10 percent of the population in Egypt, and have little representation in government. They have faced rising persecution and discrimination since 2011, when Hosni Mubarak’s regime fell.

As of today, no group has taken responsibility for the attack.

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