Sisi offers condolences to Pope Tawadros II over Minya Copts killed

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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 - 06:55 GMT

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, right, shakes hands with Pope Tawadros II, left, at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo on April 13, 2017. The Egyptian presidency / Handout via Reuters

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, right, shakes hands with Pope Tawadros II, left, at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo on April 13, 2017. The Egyptian presidency / Handout via Reuters

CAIRO – 2 November 2018: President Sisi telephoned Pope Twadros II of Alexandria, where the President expressed his sincere condolences on the death of at least 7 Copts in a terror attack on Friday, the Orthodox Church announced in a statement.

At least 7 people were killed and 7 others were injured, according to an anonymous security source, after an attack was carried out on a bus carrying Copts near the monastery of Saint Samuel in Upper Egypt's Minya.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi earlier mourned the victims of the attack, describing perpetrators as "treacherous hands that seek to undermine the cohesive fabric of the homeland."

He also affirmed the nation's "determination to continue efforts to combat black terrorism and prosecute the perpetrators."

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has followed up on the consequences of the incident, calling for arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice as soon as possible.

He also contacted the ministers of interior, health and social solidarity to direct the provision of full care and moral support to families of the victims of the

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