Egypt’s military fought back against the attackers who stormed a bus full of Coptic Christians and killed 28 people on their way to a monastery to pray, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Friday.
The Egyptian military struck bases where the attackers had trained, the president said without elaborating. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become the preferred target of the Islamic State in the region.
“I direct my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to make fighting global terror your primary task,” el-Sissi added in a televised speech. Trump condemned the attack, blaming what he called “evil organizations of terror” and “thuggish ideology.”
As many as 10 attackers in 3 SUVs stormed the bus dressed in military uniforms and wearing masks, before demanding that the passengers recite the Muslim profession of faith, according to witnesses. Then, the gunmen opened fire. Some 22 people were wounded.
Originally published by Fox News.