Egypt FM says those behind Copt attack trained in Libya

Trump, attending the G-7 meeting in Sicily, said the US would stand with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who vowed to strike back at the training bases of Islamic State militants suspected of waging the attacks.

The municipality building, situated in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, donned the colors of the Egyptian flag in an official expression of Israel's support of its southern neighbor, as Egypt continues to reel from the attack that claimed the lives of at least 29 Coptic Christians, including ten children.

In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a statement that President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have respectively sent messages of condolences to Egyptian president, prime minister and foreign minister. "They were just going to work and then were killed", said one crying woman, who did not give her name, referring to the Christian workers.

A spokesman for the pro-Al-Qaeda Majlis Mujahedeen Derna said that Egypt forces carried out eight strikes on the city. In December, a suicide bomber struck a church in Cairo, killing 29 people during a service.

In an address to the nation on Friday following the Minya shooting, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt would not hesitate to carry out further strikes against camps that trained people to carry out operations against Egypt, whether those camps were inside or outside the country.

But many Copts complain that the Egyptian authorities are not doing enough to protect them, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in Cairo. About 70 have been killed since December in bombings claimed by Islamic State at churches in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta.

Egypt responded to the attack with a wave of air strikes against suspected militant bases where the military said the perpetrators trained.

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

El-Sisi also appealed to US President Donald Trump to lead the global war against terror. "They were travelling to visit Egypt, to visit the family and to go to the blessing places", relative Gerges Markos told ABC7.

They have increasingly been under attack in Egypt.

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

Egypt's response to the latest deadly attack against its sizable Christian minority - a wave of airstrikes against Islamic militant installations in eastern Libya - may be a sign of both despair and resolve.

  • Zachary Reyes