Islamic State Claims Attack on Egyptian Copts That Killed 29 People

from The Wall Street Journal,

President Sisi responds by launching strikes in training camps in eastern Libya.

Islamic State claimed that a team of its gunmen carried out the attack on a bus full of Coptic Christian pilgrims in central Egypt, which Egyptian officials said killed 29 people. The claim was made on Amaq, Islamic State’s official news agency, and distributed online Saturday. It said a team of Islamic State gunmen targeted the bus in Minya province on Friday because of its Coptic occupants. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi responded to the attack by launching airstrikes on what the military said were militant training camps in the eastern Libyan city of Derna. Mr. Sisi said the gunmen had trained and planned the attack in the camps in Libya, which borders Egypt. But he provided no evidence to back up his claim, and Islamic State hasn’t had a presence in Derna since late 2015.

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