Egyptian security forces have killed 19 terror suspects purportedly linked to a deadly attack on the country’s Coptic Christians.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior of Egypt on Sunday, those killed in an intense exchange of fire with police forces were part of a cell that claimed the lives of seven Coptic pilgrims in Friday's attack in Minya province.
“The terrorist elements opened fire on the (security) forces who responded,” it further read.
Minya’s archbishop said 14 people were also injured in the assault, where a bus heading towards St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in the province, 260 kilometers south of Cairo.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault, which occurred almost at the exact location of a similar attack in May last year by the terrorists that killed 28 Coptic Christians.