Coptic Christians Attacked In Egypt

Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya.
Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya.
Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya.
Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya.

Coptic Christians Attacked In Egypt

At least 26 people have been killed and 25 more wounded after gunmen cornered a bus carrying Coptic Christian pilgrims in central Egypt Friday. 

This comes a little over a month after ISIS-affiliated terrorists bombed two Coptic churches. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt declared a state of emergency after the last attack, but that doesn’t seem to stop violence against that country’s ancient Christian minority. 

To discuss where Copts fall in the struggle between el-Sisi and Islamist militants, we turn to Sarah Yerkes, a fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Middle East Program.