Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

A resident in Derna heard four powerful explosions, and told Reuters that the strikes had targeted camps used by fighters belonging to the Majlis al-Shura militant group.

The targeted enclave presumably had hosted the perpetrators of the Minya terror attack against Christians in Egypt.

After a visit to Egypt last month by Pope Francis, the Islamic State vowed to escalate attacks against Christians and urged Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and Western embassies.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson that the jihadists who attacked the Christian convoy had trained in Libyan militant camps.

Israel "strongly condemns the painful terror attack in Egypt and sends the condolences of the Israeli people to [Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah] Sissi and to the Egyptian people", a Friday statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

SITE Intel Group said that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on the bus. The attacks left over 75 dead and scores wounded.

Minister Sameh Shoukry said that was the justification for a series of Egyptian airstrikes on the bases.

The east Libyan air force said Friday the strikes were targeting al-Qaeda linked forces and did not mention Islamic State.


IS said that its militants attacked Christians when they were traveling to Saint Samuel monastery in Egypt.

In this still image taken from video provided by the Egyptian military, an Egyptian fighter jet takes off from an undisclosed location in Egypt to strike militant hideouts in the Libyan city of Darna, Friday, May 26, 2017.

The Copts follow the teaching of Apostle Mark, who introduced Christianity to Egypt, according to St. Takla Church in Alexandria, the capital of Coptic Christianity.

In a sharply worded statement, Trump condemned terrorists who were "engaged in a war against civilization" and decried the "merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt".

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said the death toll stood at 28 and could rise.

Coptic Christians, which make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 91 million population, have faced persecution in Egypt, which has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011.

Following the Palm Sunday bombings, Sisi declared a nationwide three-month state of emergency.

They have increasingly been under attack in Egypt.


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