The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a massacre that was carried out yesterday in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. Masked gunman opened fire on a bus filled with Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery. At least 28 people were killed.
The Islamic State’s arms in the Sinai and mainland Egypt have repeatedly attacked Coptic Christians. The group has also targeted Copts in neighboring Libya. In early 2015, the so-called caliphate’s men released a video documenting the beheadings of 21 Copts on Libya’s shores.
The jihadists have stepped up their operations targeting Copts in more recent months. It is an explicit part of their strategy to terrorize and polarize the Egyptian population.