GCoptic Christians in central Egypt on Friday, killing at least seven in the latest attack on a religious minority targeted by jihadists.

The attackers opened fire on the bus at Minya, the province's bishop told AFP.

The Gunmen "killed seven people and wounded 14, all of whom are in the Sheikh Fadel hospital in Beni Mazar" around 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Cairo, said Bishop Makarios of Minya.

A security official confirmed the attack, adding that there were "dead and wounded".

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting.

Copts, a Christian minority that make up 10 percent of Egypt's 96 million people, have been targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadist group.

Isil killed more than 40 people in twin church bombings in April 2017 and a month later dead 28 Christians in Minya province as they head to a monastery on a bus.

Egypt's government imposed a countrywide three-month state of emergency after the April 2017 church bombings.

In December 2017, Isil gunman killed nine people in an attack on a cairo suburb.

A year earlier, at Isil suicide bomber killed nearly 30 worshipers at a Cairo church located in the Saint Mark's Cathedral complex, the seat of the Coptic papacy.


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