EOS Alerts 5-11-2018
Egypt: Islamic State Claim Responsibility for Coptic Christian Attack
On 2 November, Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians en route from Sohag to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor (Minya governorate), which left seven people dead. Funerals for the victims were held in the city of Minya on Saturday 3 November amid tight security and high tensions. The attack reportedly took place near the site of the 26 May 2017 Minya bus attack, in which masked gunmen killed at least 28 Coptic Christians and wounded 22 others.
Those operating or residing in Egypt are advised to be aware of Islamic State’s recent attack on Christians in the country. Egypt’s Coptic Christians, who make up around 10% of the population, have been always a favourite target of Islamic extremists. Attacks on churches by Muslim mobs have increased since the 2013 military overthrow of an Islamist president. Remain alert when visiting densely populated tourist or Christian destinations. Report any suspicious packages, behaviour or activity to the authorities and remain vigilant.