FILE PHOTO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool
CAIRO – 2 November 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi mourned the victims of an attack carried out on Friday on a bus carrying Copts near a monastery in Upper Egypt's Minya, a governorate that has witnessed numerous terror attacks over years.
At least 7 people were killed in the scene, according to an anonymous security source.
"I deeply grieve for the martyrs who fell [dead] today by treacherous hands that seek to undermine the cohesive fabric of the homeland," President Sisi said on Facebook.
"I wish the speedy recovery of the wounded and confirm our determination to continue our efforts to combat black terrorism and prosecute the perpetrators," he added.
"This incident will not undermine the will of our nation to continue its battle for survival and construction," Sisi affirmed.
At least seven people were announced killed and seven others wounded after the bus was attacked near the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, according to the security source.
The security forces moved to the scene to disclose the attack's circumstances, and ambulance vehicles arrived near the monastery to transfer the injured to hospitals, the source added, affirming that the perpetrators are being pursued.