Coptic Christians mourn attack victims
Hundreds of Coptic Christians gathered for a funeral south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven people killed Friday by Islamist militants who ambushed three buses carrying pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.
The service at Prince Tadros Church in the city of Minya was held amid tight security and presided over by Minya’s top cleric, Anba Makarios.
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. A total of 19 were wounded in the attack, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The local Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack south of Cairo.
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