CAIRO – 28 May 2017: Grief has camped over a small village in Minya, as it mourned the loss of seven of its sons who were killed in a dreadful terrorist attack Friday.
"They fired at us and took away my father … I hid away in the bushes and when I came to find him, he was laying on the ground covered in blood," said Marco, a 15 year-old boy who was accompanying his father to the monastery.
A bus carrying 50 Coptic Christians was headed to a monastery in Minya province in Upper Egypt, when a group of masked men opened fired at the passengers, killing 28 and injuring dozens others including children.
"They shouted at us, "Say the testimony of faith and we will not kill you," Marco recalled."My father was killed in front of my eyes," he added.
The seven workers wake up every morning and head to Saint Samuel monastery, where they make the bells of the sacred church.
Scores of villagers turned out Sunday to see away their martyrs; Ayed Habib, Lamei Ishak Twadros (44), Ishak Shalaby (45), Ayed Ward (23), Eid Ishak (46), Nassef Mamdouh (42) and Samuel Atef (32).
Julia, the youngest survivor of Minya terrorist attack, recalled, "My mother hid me under the chair and covered me with her bag." "They wanted to put the bus on fire," she added.
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