Egypt says Christian massacre attackers trained in Libya
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 5:23
A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49 in December 2016, including many women and children.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in a televised address, said Egyptian forces had hit a militant training camp in retaliation.
The exact location of Friday's airstrikes was unclear, but Nile TV reported that Egypt has targeted terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula and on the border with Libya.
"There was enough information and evidence of the terrorist elements involved in the (attack) having trained in these camps", a foreign ministry statement said.
The facade of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality building wore red, white, black and golden hues on Saturday night as it was lit up in solidarity with Egypt, which suffered a lethal terror attack on Friday.
The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
According to the agency, the families of those who were killed in the attack will receive EGP100,000, while those injured will receive EGP40,000 if they were hospitalised for more than 72 hours.
Egypt's military said in a statement it had "conducted several intensive day and night-time strikes" that successfully destroyed many targets, including training camps responsible for the Minya attack.
Minya governor Essam al-Bedawi said security forces had arrived at the scene and were fanning out along the road to the monastery and setting up checkpoints.
Two suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services at churches in the northern cities of Alexandria and Tanta on 9 April left 46 people dead.
"They told the men to disembark from the bus, took their identity cards and the gold they had on them, and asked them to the recite the Muslim profession of faith", said Maher Tawfik, whose niece survived.
Copts make up about 10% of Egypt's population of 92 million.
Trump said that the bloodshed of the innocent "inflicts a wound upon humanity".
The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people.
State television cited the health minister as saying the attack, which prompted widespread worldwide condemnation, killed 28 people.
Egypt's interior ministry released details on the attack, saying in an official statement that the assailants attacked by "randomly shooting" the bus.