IS claims deadly attack on Egypt Christians

He said the attacks on Christians aimed at driving a wedge between them and the country's Muslim majority.

"The attack resulted in the complete destruction of the targets which included training and concentration areas of [terrorist] elements that participated in the planning and execution of the [Minya] attack", the statement said.

The ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack the Coptic Christians, the second major attack on Egypt's minority community in almost two months.

Twenty-nine people died in the attack Friday on Christians traveling to a monastery south of Cairo. In a statement following the attack, ISIS leaders claimed its terrorists were responsible for the attack, and Egypt's military countered immediately with an attack on what it said were ISIS "terrorist camps" in eastern Libya.

It said the attack was carried upon the directions of the president and after "coordination and full examination of the information".

He also appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the global war against terror.

In addition to last month's Palm Sunday attacks, a December attack on a Coptic church in Cairo left 25 people. Dar al-Ifta, considered a major Islamic authority in Egypt, released a statement saying that "these traitors violated Islam's principles by spilling blood and terrorizing others, and broke their vows [of protection] by targeting Christian brothers, who are our partners in the homeland". "They said we're not going to leave the Christianity", Markos said. "They were travelling to visit Egypt, to visit the family and to go to the blessing places", relative Gerges Markos told ABC7.

On April 9, two suicide bombers hit Saint George's Cathedral in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria, killing and injuring dozens in the deadliest attack against civilians in the country's recent history.

Another suicide bombing at a church in the capital in December killed 29 people, while a Christian community was forced to flee the town of el-Arish in the northern Sinai peninsula after a series of gun attacks in February.

Coptic Christians make up about 10% of Egypt's population of 91 million.

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  • Leroy Wright