Egypt's jets strike suspected 'terrorist camps' in Libya after bus attack

In April, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in two separate suicide bomb attacks on churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria during Palm Sunday ceremonies.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State terror group has previously attacked Egypt's Coptic Christians.

The Ministry of Interior said Friday that unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic citizens on their way from Beni Suef to Saint Samuel Monastery in El Adwa city, Minya.

In response, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said late Friday that Egyptian jets carried out airstrikes on a bases in Libya purportedly used by militants who carried out the killings.

In December, a suicide bomber struck a church in Cairo, killing 29 Copts.

The Tel Aviv municipality building was lit in the colors of the Egyptian flag Saturday night, in a sign of solidarity with Israel's neighbor, a day after a shooting attack left 29 people dead near Cairo.

Egypt has seen a sharp rise in attacks against Christians, who represent 10 percent of the country's 91 million residents.

It has also killed several Christians in North Sinai, forcing dozens of families to flee.

"Terrorists are engaged in a war against civilization, and it is up to all who value life to confront and defeat this evil", US President Donald Trump said in a statement.

"Egypt will not hesitate in striking terror camps anywhere, either inside (the country) or outside it", said Sisi in a televised address.

"The victims, amongst which were also children, were killed after having refused to renounce their Christian faith" he said.

A source in Haftar's Libyan National Army told Reuters that they had coordinated with Egyptian counterparts to strike ammunition stores belonging to the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council, an Islamist umbrella group that opposes Islamic State.

The bombings prompted Sisi to declare a three-month state of emergency.

President Trump condemned Friday's attack.

IS jihadists have threatened further attacks. He said the attack on a bus carrying Christians, many of them children, would steel the nation's resolve to destroy terrorist organizations and expose "their depraved, twisted and thuggish ideology".

Saudi King Salman (R) shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before leaving Cairo's global airport on Monday April 11, 2016.

  • Zachary Reyes