Swizterland condemns latest bloody attack in Egypt

ISIL admitted both attacks, which killed 75 people.

Masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians driving to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 and wounding 25.

Twenty-two others were reported wounded.

Condemnation has poured in from around the world in the wake of the attack, which came a day before the first day of Ramadan. The Takfiri terrorists have threatened more attacks against the Arab country's Christian minority.

"The gunmen got on the bus and they shot people point-blank", the Coptic Bishop of Minya Province, His Grace Anba Makarios, told the New York Times.

As many as 10 attackers in 3 SUVs stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms and wearing masks, according to witnesses.

Clothes and shoes could be seen lying in and around the bus, while the bodies of some of the victims lay in the sand nearby, covered with black sheets. Children could be heard screaming hysterically in the background.

Local officials said the dead included two little girls, ages 2 and 4. Both places have several important pilgrimage sites.

"I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task", President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in a televised speech hours after the attack. The program has sent the cost of food and services soaring.

On Wednesday, Egypt blocked nearly two dozen websites it said were sympathetic to militants or spreading their ideology.

It was the latest attack on Copts after Daesh (the so-called IS) militants bombed three churches in December and April, killing dozens of Christians.

The recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Egypt occurred after the visit by US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia, Qasemi said.

While no group has so far claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, Isis previously named Christians in Egypt as their "favourite prey", when claiming responsibility for a previous attack on a Coptic Cathedral in Cairo in December 2016, which left 29 dead. They account for about 10% of Egypt's 93 million people. But many Christians feel the state either does not take their plight seriously enough or can not protect them against determined fanatics.

The ambush - in the Minya region about 150 miles south of Cairo - underscored the increasing pressures on Egyptian forces as Islamist militants gain greater footholds around the country, undercutting Egypt's vital tourism industry and forcing greater security for Coptic Christians and others targeted by militants.

  • Salvatore Jensen