Coptic Christians in Egypt over the weekend buried seven members who were killed by gunmen as they headed to a monastery on Friday.
The vehicle of the travelling pilgrims was ambushed as they returned from St Samuel the Confessor monastery, South of Cairo, after a family baptism for a child.
Seven people were murdered and 20 people were also injured and taken to Magaghah hospital and Sheikh Fadl Hospital.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
It is the second attack on pilgrims near St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in two years. The previous attack in May 2017 left 28 people dead.
In response, Bishop Youssef, the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States said “No one can take away our joy in the Lord.”
According to him, “For now, we may shed some tears and grieve for a while in sorrow for the faithful martyrs and confessors and their heart-broken families.
“Tomorrow is a new day, but God will not forget one drop of the blood of His saints. All Egyptian citizens must strive together to condemn these radicals from trying to take our beloved country hostage.”
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