Protest March as Egyptian Coptic Christians Mourn Bus Victims

Thousands of Egyptian Christians gathered to mourn the loss of seven of the victims of the bus shooting in Egypt who were part of their community.

A funeral ceremony was held at the Church of the Sacred Family in the village of Dayr Jamous, where grieving young men formed a protest march, chanting while carrying a large wooden cross.

Masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians who were travelling to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital, leaving at least 26 people dead and injuring at least another 25.

The group were travelling south to visit a monastery on two buses, with one carrying men who were to carry out maintenance on the monastery, and the other bus carrying children.

They were stopped by the masked men who then opened fire on the vehicles, with confirmation that at least two of the injured were children aged two.

The group were headed for Minya, which holds a significant number of the minority Christian group, who make up about 10% of the population of Egypt.

This is the latest in a series of attacks that have already claimed the lives of around 70 people, killed in bomb attacks against churches in Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta since December.

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