Published May 26, 2017
Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians traveling just south of Cairo Friday, killing 23 and injuring 25, Egyptian state TV reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become the preferred target of the Islamic State group.
In February, an Islamic State affiliate released a video saying that Egyptian Christians were their "favorite prey." The video showed images of a suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people inside a packed Cairo church in December.
"God gave orders to kill every infidel," one of the militants carrying an AK-47 assault rifle says in the 20-minute video.
The report quotes local health officials as saying that the attack occurred while the bus was traveling on the road to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, about 140 miles, south of the Egyptian capital.
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