Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Christians in Egypt bury their dead after jihadist attack

Christians in Egypt bury their dead after jihadist attack

The gunmen are still at large, with authorities focusing at finding them.

Although Egypt's army and police launched a crackdown on the militant groups in February, some of the Christian mourners blamed security lapses for repeated attacks against them. The gunmen also made use of the "back" secondary road in the largely-remote monastery area to carry out the attack.

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A graphic video purportedly showing the aftermath of the attack has been circulating on social media.

All but one of those killed were members of the same family, according to a list of the victims' names released by the church, which said a boy and a girl, ages 15 and 12 respectively, were among the dead. Many are now being treated for gunshot wounds and cuts.

After Saturday's prayers, the bodies were carried out in white coffins bearing wreaths of white flowers, amid shouts of "with our souls, with our blood, we will defend the cross!"

Local television channels covering the service feature bereaved and angered family members.

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I am deeply saddened by the martyrs who fell today by treacherous hands seeking to undermine the fabric of a cohesive homeland. I confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat dark terrorism and apprehend the culprits. He later offered his condolences when he spoke by telephone with Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of Egypt's Orthodox Christians and a close el-Sissi ally.

The attack unfolded at the very start of the World Youth Forum.

We also highly value the high sense of consciousness of the Egyptian people in regards to the objectives of these terrorist groups against Egypt's security and stability.

Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Kuwait all condemned the attack.

Those attacks left at least 100 people dead and led to tighter security around Christian places of worship and Church-linked facilities.

No group immediately claimed the attack south of the capital Cairo, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic State militants who have for years been fighting security forces in the Sinai peninsula and along Egypt's porous desert border with Libya.

According to the Archbishop in Minya, the attack took place in nearly the same place as one by Islamist militants which killed 28 Christians in May 2017.

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