Terrorists slaughter Coptic Christians in Egypt

At least 7 killed as bus carrying Christians attacked in Egypt

All but one of those killed were members of the same family, according to a list of the victims' names released by the church, which said among the dead were a boy and a girl, age 15 and 12 respectively.

The local Islamic State group affiliate, which spearheads militants fighting security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack south of Cairo.

Many Copts accuse authorities of not doing enough to protect them, following a string of attacks that have killed over 100 members of their community since 2011. It did not elaborate.

"There is a mix of sadness and pain; sadness as these painful events are being repeated and pain because Copts are part of this homeland and part of its fabric", Bishop Macarius, head of the Coptic diocese in Minya, told mourners at the Prince Tadros Church in Minya, tears streaming down his face.

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The Church allied itself with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when, as defence minister, he led the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

The same monastery targeted today was previously hit by a terror attack in May 2017 when ISIS jihadists shot dead 29 Christian worshippers.

Unconfirmed reports say children were among the casualties of the attack by "terrorist elements", according to a security source. The cathedral is the seat of Coptic Pope Tawadros II. We also appreciate the national unity of the Egyptian people which proves its solidity and strength against desperate attempts which will never succeed in their bad intentions and evil ends. "They are misled because all the grief, pain and frustration they cause will achieve absolutely nothing".

Graphic images shared by the church showed children among the injured. "Egypt is the target here and we all know that".

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A young boy grieves next to the coffins of his parents who were killed during a bus attack, during their funeral service at Ava Samuel desert monastery in Minya, Egypt, May 26, 2017.

In 2016, at least 25 people were killed in a suicide attack on a Christian church.

The attack a year ago was the latest in a deadly series that targeted churches in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta north of the capital. About 30 people are killed. "Do they want us to hate Muslims?" He had earlier said the bus was approaching the monastery.

Church spokesman Bouls Halim said the death toll is likely to rise.

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Some Christians in Minya said police negligence was partly to blame for the latest attack, arguing that they stopped providing armed escorts for pilgrims' buses headed to the old monastery.

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