Militants ambushed a bus transporting Coptic Christians near Cairo, Egypt, Friday, killing 23 and injuring 25 in the gunfire attack.
Although Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become a preferred target of ISIS, no group has claimed responsibility for the violence.
An ISIS affiliate released a video in February proclaiming that Egyptian Christians were their “favorite prey.” The video highlighted a suicide bomber whose December attack in a crowded Cairo church left nearly 30 people dead.
In the 20-minute video, a militant brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle says, “God gave orders to kill every infidel.”
Egyptian state television cited local health officials who said Friday’s attack occurred as the bus was traveling on the road to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, about 140 miles south of Cairo.
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