Gunmen in Egypt opened fire on two buses killing dozens of children and adults. Could it be more muslim brotherhood linked terrorism that Egypt has been clamping down on?
Gunmen opened fire on two buses and a truck carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, Egypt on Friday, killing at least 26, including children. Some 26 people were also injured in the attack.
The group of between eight and 10 gunmen approached the convoy in three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks before opening fire, according to local media reports and the Egyptian Interior Ministry.
“They used automatic weapons,” Essam el-Bedaiwy, governor of Minya told state television as cited by AFP.
Security chiefs established a perimeter around the scene and launched a hunt for the attackers, setting up dozens of roadblocks in the area and sending out patrols to scour the desert road.
The Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayeb believes the attack was intended to destabilize the country. Al-Azhar is a center of Islamic learning in Egypt that dates back more than 1,000.
“I call on Egyptians to unite in the face of this brutal terrorism,” al-Tayeb said while on a visit to Germany, as cited by Reuters.