Egyptian police kill two suspects in November attack on Coptic Christians

Policemen guard the entrance of the Cathedral road in Minya, Egypt. The file photo was taken on May 26, 2017. (AP)
Policemen guard the entrance of the Cathedral road in Minya, Egypt. The file photo was taken on May 26, 2017. (AP)

Egyptian police have killed two terror suspects purportedly linked to last month’s deadly attack on a bus transporting Coptic Christians in the central province of Minya.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior of Egypt on Saturday, police, helped by the military, found the gunmen in Assiut governorate, which lies to the south of Minya.

The gunmen, suspected of involvement in the November 2 attack that killed at least seven Coptic pilgrims, were reportedly in possession of three automatic rifles, one shotgun and an unspecified amount of ammunition.

Security forces also found one of the vehicles used in the attack, which also injured 14 others.

The ministry said the mobile phone of one of the victims of the attack, Kamal Yousef Shehata, was also found.

Egyptian security forces had previously killed 19 militants over their alleged involvement in the assault.

The file photo shows coffins of slain Coptic Christians during their funeral service at Church of Great Martyr Prince Tadros in Minya, Egypt, November 3, 2018. (AP)

The Coptic pilgrims were heading towards St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in the province, located 260 kilometers south of Cairo.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault, which was carried out almost at the exact location of a similar attack in May last year by the terrorists that killed 28 Coptic Christians.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population of some 100 million.

Over the past few years, terrorists have been carrying out anti-government activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil in Egypt that erupted after the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in July 2013 through a military coup led by incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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