German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks during a joint news conference with Iraq's Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani - REUTERS/Azad Lashka
CAIRO – 26 May 2017: The German Foreign Ministry condemned a Friday attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate, leaving 26 dead.
The ministry spokesperson Martin Schaefer told the press in Berlin that Germany "condemns in the strongest possible terms these kinds of attacks on believers.” He offered condolences to the victims’ relatives.
He added that his country is following the accident in “deep sorrow,” and that it cooperates with Egypt "to ensure that things like this don't happen again in future."
Armed men intercepted a bus carrying more than 40 Coptic Christians in a religious trip to St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate, and opened fire on them.
According to the latest updates by the Ministry of Health, the attack left 26 dead and 25 injured.
A police hunt was launched on the Western Desert road to arrest the perpetrators.