The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on Friday that saw 29 Christians shot dead on a bus in central Egypt.
The shooting took place in the province of Minya, targeting a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery, bringing the death toll of Copts attacked by ISIS to more than 100 since December.
The jihadist group have claimed in a statement that their fighters set up a checkpoint for the Copts as they made their way to the monastery, killing them and setting one of their vehicles on fire.
The Interior Ministry said that masked gunmen in pick-up trucks had attacked the bus as it drove towards Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres south of Cairo.
The UAE has strongly condemned the attack, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirming its solidarity with Egypt, stating that the UAE would stand by them in the face of this criminal and malicious act.
Egyptian military forces have since hit a terrorist training camp in retaliation to the attacks.
In a televised address to Egyptians, the country’s President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi said, “Egypt will not hesitate in striking terror camps anywhere, either inside [the country] or outside it.
“We will protect our people and Egypt’s national security from evil.”